Monday, November 22, 2004

Good News for Cleveland and RTA!

Transit is Changing Look of the American Dream
"In Minneapolis and cities across the nation, public transit and the development it attracts are contributing to a growing appetite for housing in urban areas. Population groups that now have the deepest preference for housing very close to transit are precisely the populations that will grow exponentially in the next decades. They include older Americans, who will constitute 35 percent of our population by 2025; immigrant families, who will account for almost one-third of population growth; and the nearly 70 percent of households that will not include children."

Gee, we've already got the rail, running east and west across the city, woefully underused, largely because it doesn't go anywhere. Think about it, where can you go via the red, blue, or green lines? TowerCity, ShakerSquare, the southern edge of UniversityCircle, the inner harbor, and the Airport. All interesting places, sure, but what about the other 44 other stops?
Why is ridership low enough to justify only one car running during peak hours?
  1. Because parking is cheap?
  2. Because there is little residential density near most stops?
  3. Because Clevelanders love their cars and hate public transit?
I'm going with numero dos.
Take a ride heading east on the redline from TowerCity and let me know what you see between dwntwn and universitycircle.

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