Clevelanders for Public Transit Statement on HealthLine Fare Enforcement

Submitted by lmcshane on Tue, 11/14/2017 - 10:09.
11/21/2017 - 09:00

 GCRTA HealthLine riders are being impacted by RTA’s response to a court order requiring changes to fare enforcement policy on the HealthLine. Although the HealthLine was designed for a proof-of-payment system with fares purchased primarily at ticket vending machines rather than at fareboxes, the method of spot-checking fares has been ruled unconstitutional by a recent court decision.

RTA’s response has been to shift fare enforcement to bus operators, resulting in a much slower ride and effectively eliminating the benefit of increased speed due to all-door boarding.

Operating expenses account for over 85 percent of RTA’s operating costs, while fares account for only 18.5 percent of revenue. Requiring drivers to inspect HealthLine fares significantly delays riders and reduces the appeal of using transit in Cleveland.

Fares can be inspected without unnecessarily inconveniencing passengers and increasing operating costs by implementing equitable and convenient fare enforcement.

Clevelanders for Public Transit Equity are asking the GCRTA board to update their policy with the following changes:


Riders are encouraged to attend RTA’s next board meeting to provide public comments on Tuesday, November 21 at 9:00 AM at RTA Headquarters, 1240 W. Sixth St.


1240 W. Sixth St.
Cleveland , OH 44114
United States
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RTA incompetence in fare enforcement

Will further exacerbate the downfall of transit in Northeast Ohio -

Meanwhile - some folks are smarter than others;

Coverage of RTA crisis by Grant Segall -

Marvin Ranaldson and Chris Stocking prepared these bullet points:

  • The transit police force has grown over 400% since the 70's while ridership is less than half of what it was then.  RTA is spending over $13.5 million dollars annually on transit police pay and benefits while they only generate $48,000 annualy in fare-evasion citations (0.0001% of RTA's annual budget).
  • Fares are going up to $2.75 next August but we are paying transit police over $13.5 million dollars.  Is this equitable?
  • Riders have reported delays over 20 minutes resulting from each rider having to show payment to the driver. Healthline buses have doors on both sides and are not made for the driver to collect fares.  The buses also don't have bike racks.  It is hard to get to the front of the bus.
  • RTA is potentially at risk of having to refund a portion of the $82 million in federal dollars used to build the HealthLine, which provided for all-door boarding
  • These delays cost RTA at least $20,000 per month in additonal operating costs.  Can RTA Afford it?