(Cleveland) - The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) had asked the city of Cleveland to remove, by today, barriers that force buses to drive around Public Square, but the barricades are still up as of Monday morning.
Monday evening, councilman Zack Reed (D-Ward 2) and others are organizing a rally and protest march to send a message to the city, and especially, to Mayor Frank Jackson, to reopen the square to bus traffic.
Reed says the rally will be on Public Square at 5:30, and the march to City Hall starts at 6:00.
If the city does not reopen Superior Avenue through the renovated square by Feb. 21, then RTA has to repay the federal government a $12 million grant which was used for the Euclid Ave. corridor project. The city has said Public Square will be safer if buses don't run through the middle, but RTA has released a portion of a study showing bus traffic would not have a negative impact on safety.
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Tom Moore has been a news anchor and reporter for Newsradio WTAM 1100 since 1995. He has won a number of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Press Club of Cleveland, and The Associated Press.