CLEVELAND - A Regional Transit Authority fare increase that was implemented in 2016 should be reversed, according to consultants laying out strategic plans for the next decade.
Returning the all-day, unlimited ride adult pass to $5 would shave $1.3 million from RTA's revenue, but would boost ridership by 270,000 annually. The pass is currently $5.50, a rate implemented in 2016, intended to offset a budget shortfall. All-day passes for seniors and disabled riders were increased from $2.50 to $2.75 at that time.
LTK Engineering's study is one of several meant to guide RTA's policies over the next decade. RTA will also consider recommendations that reflect a survey of more than 1,000 riders. 44% of respondents named all-day pass rate reduction as the most important fare change RTA should implement.