Brown announces nearly $600,000 to improve transit services in Greater Cleveland

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $585,000 grant to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) to improve transit public transport services.

“Cleveland residents rely on GCRTA buses to get them to work, school, or a game at Progressive Field, and then get them home safely,” Brown said. “By investing in transportation planning at GCRTA, we can improve service for riders and help the community have better access to safe and reliable transportation.”

“GCRTA is very grateful for Senator Brown’s support for public transit and his efforts to support this grant funding,” said GCRTA Managing Director and CEO, India Birdsong. “This grant will allow us to improve the use of public transit in the high poverty areas we already serve by removing barriers to using our services as part of our mission to Connect the Community.”

Brown — who is chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, which oversees the DOT’s Federal Transit Administration — championed federal investments to support local transit authorities in Ohio. The grant was awarded under the Areas of Persistent Poverty program, which provides grants for planning, engineering, or financial plans to improve transit services in areas of long-term economic difficulty.

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Melvin Z. Madore