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There are growing challenges with this far-flung, automobile-centric transportation system. It’s increasingly costly for the public sector to maintain, and, at 58 cents per mile of driving according to AAA in 2015, it’s costly for people to use. It doesn’t meet the needs of large numbers of people — young, old, disabled, poor — who can’t drive. It’s a major cause of air and water pollution.

What Communities Can Do? 

  • Participate in RTA’s Commuter Advantage program, which allows employees to purchase transit passes with pre-tax income.
  • Miles of bike lanes/trails — Set a goal to paint a certain number of bike lanes per year. Classify them by type (protected bike lane; bike lane; sharrows). BikeCleveland can advise on the best practices for installing bike facilities