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Monday, October 1, 2007

Cleveland's RTA Named Best on Continent

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2007 at 4:42 PM

According to the Plain Dealer, Cleveland’s RTA is about to be named the best transit system on the continent. Seriously. We’re supposed to believe that the same system that makes you wait 15 minutes between trains to the airport, and has kept Euclid Avenue torn up for months, is worthy of a top award from the American Public Transportation Association? Now maybe this is naïve, but I always thought public transportation was supposed to be convenient, accessible, and, I don't know, fast. They have these rail systems in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. that actually move you quickly and painlessly from the office to the bar, the bar to the stadium—wherever. We have three train lines, not a single one able to transport your drunk ass from say, West 6th to Westlake (there are buses, of course, but none that run past 10:30 on a Saturday night). And if you’re heading east from downtown after midnight, good luck. Of course, plenty of people use the RTA to commute to work or get to the airport, and that’s fabulous. I just would argue that any system that makes a cab ride from the House of Blues to Coventry a necessity for drunk revelers can’t possibly be the best in the country. -- Lisa Rab

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