preparing for RTA takeover
By Jeff Gallatin
Published March 9, 2005
As the final
reading of the ordinance providing for the takeover of the North
Olmsted Municipal Bus Line by the Regional Transit Authority nears,
officials on both sides are preparing for the change.
is scheduled to consider final approval of the legislation at its
March 15 meeting. City officials had been considering setting a
special meeting for March 8. But they decided against that after
Councilman-at-large Michael Gareau Jr. reiterated his belief in
a March 1 Streets and Transportation Committee meeting that people
should have every opportunity to speak their feelings about the
"It's an artificial
deadline set by RTA," Gareau said later. "It's something RTA is
seeking and I don't think its fair to do it that way. If we pass
it in three readings schedule at regular council sessions, then
at least we did it in a manner which would allow people to have
their say and the city the opportunity to continue to negotiate."
the city realistically had only two options left.
be to negotiate another extension of the contract or to approve
the takeover," Gareau said. "The first doesn't seem to be happening
so we're having to go with the second."
have told their North Olmsted counterparts that if another extension
were granted, it would cost the city part of the money, which RTA
is giving the city in the current draft agreement.
Jerry Masek said the agency is continuing to move toward taking
over NOMBL's responsibilities later this month.
has already passed its legislation (approving RTA taking over that
suburban bus line) and our understanding is that North Olmsted will
approve it the night of March 15," Masek said. He said the RTA Board
of Trustees will meet the morning of March 15 and is expected to
pass a resolution approving the agency taking over NOMBL's responsibilities
as well. The takeover will be contingent upon North Olmsted Council
approving its legislation that night.
He said RTA
officials are planning on assuming the NOMBL routes March 20.
city officials are trying to make sure all other work and negotiations
pertaining to the switchover are set before then.
Jim Dubelko said a special committee meeting was set last night
to cover concerns of two longtime NOMBL workers who might not get
benefits scheduled for them under the NOMBL contract if their contracts
were assumed by RTA. He said RTA officials said they would discuss
repairs of Kennedy Ridge Road when they go before North Olmsted
to discuss a planned expansion of the Park-n-Ride facility in the
and Transportation Committee Chairman George Nashar said there isn't
much more the city can do.
to make sure service was maintained and people kept their jobs,"
Nashar said. "We've done the best we can with those and now it's
down to passing the legislation. I think city officials and the
people at Congressman (Dennis) Kucinich's office did all they could
in these negotiations."
Kucinich's office said they are still supporting North Olmsted and
working on the situation.
T. Musial said he wasn't aware of any new developments.
sent out a press release March 4 detailing how the agency provided
a service extension for the #263 route when a longtime sight-impaired
customer asked RTA to extend the route a few more blocks downtown.
The customer, who boards the bus at the North Olmsted Park-n-Ride,
said the extension would stop the need for her and other riders
to transfer buses for just a few blocks.
3, all morning trips on the #263 travel east on Chester Avenue to
E. 21st Street and Cleveland State University, and then head westbound
on Euclid Avenue with a final stop at E. 18th Street. This eliminates
the need to transfer onto the #6 Euclid bus and improves service
for those working in the Playhouse Square area, RTA officials said.
Manager Joe Calabrese said in the release RTA was happy make the
at the customer's request, it made sense and we are happy to comply,"
Calabrese said. "We are always open to suggestions and feedback
from our customers, including those from North Olmsted and Maple
Heights, who are integrating their service into ours on March 20."
said if there are any other questions about the change, call Tom
Terbrack at 716-4223.