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RTA PROPOSES COST CUTTING MEASURES AND FARE INCREASES IN ITS 1993 BUDGET

RTA PROPOSES COST CUTTING MEASURES AND FARE INCREASES IN ITS 1993 BUDGET
 CLEVELAND, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- At a meeting of the RTA board of trustees finance committee today, RTA staff presented its proposal for a $157.8 million budget to operate transit services for calendar year 1993. This budget contains the first annual impact of the arbitrator's ruling which provided $18 million over three years in salary and benefit increases to members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 260.
 RTA General Manager Ronald J. Tober said the unexpected nature of the arbitration decision has caused him to recommend extreme cost cutting measures including work force reductions, fare increases and service reductions.
 The new union contract resulted in a budget shortfall of $2.8 million in 1992, $5.8 million in 1993 and $9.4 million in 1994.
 In making his recommendations, Tober said his plans call for reducing administrative expenditures and improving operating efficiency before making recommendations for service cuts or fare increases. A total of 166 staff positions due to administrative cuts and service adjustments would be eliminated in the 1993 budget proposal.
 Tober said the remaining deficit would be met by relying more upon a fare increase than a service reduction, and any service reductions are designed to be easily restored when the economic situation improves.
 All recommendations will be reviewed and modified by the board of trustees within the next several weeks. Final adoption of the RTA budget is set for Dec. 15.
 Any fare increase or service reduction strategy adopted as part of the final budget will be subject to public hearings and public comment before being made final.
 The 1993 budget recommendations are as follows:
 Administrative expense reduction of $3.58 million including elimination of 88 staff positions; fare increase of $3.83 million; and $3.28 million in service adjustments including elimination of 78 staff positions.
 WORK FORCE REDUCTIONS
 Union and non-union positions are both affected in the budget proposal.
 A net total of 166 positions are being proposed for elimination. This would be accomplished through attrition, layoffs, and elimination of current vacant positions.
 A hiring freeze would be placed on most currently vacant positions.
 FARE INCREASES
 Proposed to be effective Feb. 1.
 Easy Ride Zone -- from $.35 to $.50
 Local bus -- from $1.00 to $1.25
 Express bus -- from $1.25 to $1.50
 All rail -- from $1.25 to $1.50
 Student -- from $.75 to $1.00
 Seniors -- from $.35 to $.50
 Local weekly pass -- from $9.00 to $11.90
 Local monthly pass -- from $36.00 to $47.50
 Express weekly pass -- from $11.25 to $14.25
 Express monthly pass -- from $45.00 to $57.00
 SERVICE CHANGES
 Proposed to be effective March 1.
 -- Decrease service frequency on all rapid rail lines. Service currently operating at five-minute intervals will operate at six-minute intervals, and service operating every ten minutes will run every 12 minutes, and 20-minute service will operate every 24 minutes.
 -- Eliminate all bus and rail service after midnight. Morning service start times are unaffected.
 -- Eliminate Sunday service on many bus routes.
 -- Selected bus service adjustments, including the elimination of poorly performing trips.
 In order to balance the 1992 budget, the following service reductions are already being considered and, if approved, would go into effect on Dec. 20.
 -- Eliminate 11:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. service on selected routes. Proposed routes are: No. 1 St. Clair, No. 3 Superior, No. 6 Euclid, No. 10 East 105/Garfield, No. 14 Kinsman, No. 19 Broadway/Miles, No. 22 Lorain, No. 26 Detroit, No. 35 Broadview.
 -- Eliminate Red Line shuttle bus between 9:40 p.m. and 1:50 a.m., weekdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Shuttle currently serves west side Red Line Rapid stations only, and does not serve W. 65 St. and W. 25 St. stations.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Krecic of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, 216-566-5211, or 216-322-0250, after hours/ CO: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority ST: Ohio IN: TRN SU:


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