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RTA IS A GREAT ALTERNATIVE FOR GATEWAY PARKING PROBLEM

 RTA IS A GREAT ALTERNATIVE FOR GATEWAY PARKING PROBLEM
 CLEVELAND, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the Greater Cleveland


Regional Transit Authority (RTA) -- if you're one of the 3,000 or more downtown commuters who have lost a low-priced parking space to the Gateway development, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has the solution to your problem.
 For about the same price for what you were paying to park all day -- $2 or $2.50 -- you can park for free in any one of the RTA rapid transit facilities or park-and-ride lots, and then ride downtown in a comfortable train or bus.
 Or, if you can find another low-priced spot somewhere on the fringe of downtown, you can ride any bus on any route within the downtown "Easy Ride Zone" for only 35 cents.
 "We have more than 8,000 free parking spaces at our rapid transit stations, as well as hundreds more at various bus park-and-ride lots such as Strongsville," said RoseMary Covington, assistant general manager of marketing and development. "It's easy to get downtown, and it's easier than ever to get around downtown."
 The RTA official pointed out that RTA's new "Easy Ride Zone" service allows passengers to ride any local or express bus within the downtown area for only 35 cents, the same price charged on the system's popular Loop bus routes.
 The Easy Ride Zone boundaries are Lake Eire to the north; the Lorain Carnegie Bridge and Broadway to the south; part of West 25 and aest 28 streets to the west; and East 30th to the east.
 "It doesn't matter what bus route it is, where it originated or what its destination is, while its traveling within the downtown area, the fare is only 35 cents," explained Covington.
 The RTA claims you may actually end up spending less money than you used to because you won't use as much gasoline or put as much wear and tear on your car. Riding public transit will also cut down on traffic congestion and result in less air pollutiion.
 "It's convenient, economical, fuel efficient and environmentally superior," noted Covington. She encouraged downtown drivers displaced by the Gateway construction to "give us a try. You may be surprised how easy it is."
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 /CONTACT: Bruno Bornino of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, 216-566-5211/ CO: The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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