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May 26, 2005

Leader Online

 

Bath residents continue to fight METRO site 

By Anne Dennée

 

BATH — Calling themselves the Neighbors for Responsible Land Use, a group of Bath residents have officially formed in opposition to METRO Regional Transit Authority’s plans to construct a Park and Ride facility at the intersection of Sourek and Ghent roads. On May 23, the group not only spoke out against METRO’s plans at the Bath Township Board of Trustees meeting, but they also filed an administrative appeal in Summit County Common Pleas Court to the conditional-use permit that was granted to METRO to allow the facility to be constructed at that site.

 

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Yeah, it's hard to take concerns regarding the environmental impacts very seriously when you're talking about public freakin' transportation...like, is the alternative really that much better for the environment?

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Besides which, how much traffic does that strip of Ghent throughput in a day?  That road was busy when I used to frequent Summit Mall, and that was 15 years ago...I can only imagine now...35-75 cars parked there between 7am and 7pm will be an utterly unnoticeable drop in the bucket.

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From the 7/13/05 Akron Beacon Journal:

 

 

Metro RTA union clears strike

Members hope for talks in 10-day notice period; management will review state fact-finding report

Beacon Journal staff report

 

The union representing Metro Regional Transit Authority mechanics and other workers is prepared to strike after rejecting a fact-finder's report.

 

Phil Zannella Jr., business representative for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said a strike authorization vote Sunday was nearly unanimous. Zannella said the 41 union members understand that Metro faces a difficult climate in which it is cutting service and increasing fares, and the members hope negotiations can resume within the 10-day strike-notification period.

 

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http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/12120424.htm?source=rss&channel=ohio_news

 

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Plan B.  From the 8/4/05 Akron Beacon Journal:

 

 

Metro to operate if workers strike

Board authorizes funds for temporary employees in case bus mechanics, others head for picket line

By Mary Kay Quinn

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

Metro Regional Transit Authority took steps Wednesday to keep operating in the event of a strike by mechanics and other workers.

 

The Metro RTA board authorized Executive Director Robert K. Pfaff to spend up to $350,000 to contract with a company that would provide temporary workers, Pfaff said.

 

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http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/12300194.htm?source=rss&channel=ohio_news

 

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Ahhh!!!  It's the attack of the NIMBY's!!!  :-o

 

 

 

 

Posted on Wed, Aug. 10, 2005

 

 

Battle over bus lot

 

 

Protesters block equipment

 

Neighbors prevent workers from clearing trees at site of Metro Park and Ride lot

 

By Mary Kay Quinn

 

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

 

A septic-service truck sent waves of excitement through the Bath Township residents gathered on Sourek Road.

 

It was 8 a.m. Tuesday, and 12 early birds had been waiting nearly an hour for their chance to block bulldozers hired by Metro Regional Transit Authority.

 

One member of Neighbors for Responsible Land Use/Government, Kim Bell, had hoped the citizens scared off the bulldozers that would clear land for Metro's new Park and Ride lot.

 

When the truck passed and the citizens saw that it was bearing sludge and not bulldozers, Don Primm could only joke: ``If we could get him to dump.''

 

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http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/12346409.htm

 

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I hope one of the bulldozers runs them over. The gene pool would be greatly upgraded.

 

Let's see...we prefer to poison our air with the fumes from dozens of cars (vs. one bus), prefer more sprawl (instead of less impervious land from having to build even more parking lots for their auto-centric lifestyles) and keep more cars off the road (instead of putting commuters on transit). And, hey, since I don't have anything better to protest, let's protest that (and compare this park-and-ride to Auschwitz). Just when I thought people couldn't get anymore stupid, I see this article.

 

>> Bill Gribble, who helped block the truck, said he wasn't afraid during the standoff.

``I've done stupider things,'' he said.

 

Whoops, I was wrong! I'd love to hear what even dumber things he's done (not really -- I want to have some hope for mankind).

 

When I get bummed out about the direction of mankind, it's usually because of people in stories like these, whose already limited perspective and understanding of the world has been corroded by years of sucking on the exhaust from their SUVs, while driving their kids those long three blocks of bumper-to-bumper torture in suburban wasteland to soccer practice. If they don't like big-ass parking lots -- move OUT of the suburbs to the city! Buy a bicycle and a transit pass! Abandon your wasteful, resource consuming lifestyles! Repent O' Ye Lost Souls of Suburbia!

 

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Posted on Thu, Aug. 11, 2005

 

 

Work to proceed at RTA site

 

Judge refuses Bath Township residents' request to halt construction of Park and Ride lot

 

By Mary Kay Quinn

 

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

 

Bath Township residents who oppose a Park and Ride lot at Ghent and Sourek roads were unsuccessful Wednesday in gaining a court order to halt construction.

 

Tree cutting and other work will proceed, representatives of Metro Regional Transit Authority said after lawyers met with Judge Judy Hunter in Summit County Common Pleas Court.

 

Opponents agreed to stay off Metro's property and the three roads that surround it, said Amie Bruggeman, an attorney for Metro. About 30 residents staged a vigorous protest Tuesday, at times blocking workers who were attempting to unload heavy equipment.

 

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http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/12355601.htm

 

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This is great news! :clap:  I know someone who takes this bus up to Cleveland for work everyday; I would have really hated to seen the service discontinued if they were not able to build on the site. 

 

I wish I could take this service to work each day; unfortunately, they do not have pick up or drop off anywhere near my job.  I have to commute from Akron to eastern Cuyahoga County daily.  The price of gas is putting a beat down on my wallet! :whip:

 

 

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Good to hear this news. I failed to notice in yesterday's article that the flatliners used their SUVs to block construction vehicles. Wow....

 

I don't think I've ever heard such illogical behavior from such allegedly responsible people. But being an addict (in this case to their oil-dependent lifestyles) makes people do all sorts of counterproductive, even self-destructive things.

 

KJP

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At least there's someone on brain food down in Summit aside from the Akron Metro folks.  These Bath-yayhoos sound as from the same ilk as the folks who blocked/killed the initial/sensible NS, C-A-C commuter rail proposal a few years ago.  I could be wrong, but killing Cleve-Akron Metro bus service would seemingly put a serious crimp into ever getting C-A-C commuter rail -- CVSR or otherwise... so for now, I say, 3 cheers for Judge Judy Hunter!!   :-D

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Looks like they worked things out.  From the 8/12/05 Akron Beacon Journal:

 

 

Metro, bus mechanics reach deal

Union to vote Sunday on tentative agreement that may prevent strike

By Mary Kay Quinn

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

A tentative labor agreement has been reached between Metro Regional Transit Authority and a union representing mechanics and others, apparently preventing a threatened strike.

 

The union, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, is scheduled to vote on the contract Sunday, said Molly K. Becker, Metro's director of communications and marketing.

 

 

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http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/12367525.htm?source=rss&channel=ohio_news

 

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People like these flatliners in Bath make me wonder if mankind can cope with the peak oil crisis. I've seen a lot of deer-in-the-headlights looks on people's faces in the last few days.

 

Speaking of which, does anyone want to buy my 2001 Hyundai Tiburon? It's a black sports coupe with leather interior, stick shift, XM satellite radio/CD player, sun roof, etc. Only serious offers should reply!

 

KJP

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From the 11/10/05 Leader Online:

 

 

Bath residents ask trustees to join lawsuit against Akron

By Anne Dennée

 

BATH — Members of Neighbors for Responsible Land Use and Government (NFRLUG) are continuing their fight against METRO Regional Transit Authority’s construction of a Park and Ride facility at the intersection of Sourek and Ghent roads.

 

At the Nov. 7 Bath Township Board of Trustees meeting, Bath residents Michelle Primm, Michael Carrino and Mike Bell requested the township join NFRLUG in a lawsuit filed against the city of Akron.

 

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http://www.akron.com/20051110/wsl5.asp

 

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This is becoming a common theme.

 

From the Akron Beacon Journal 1/26/2006

 

 

Metro fares to rise in June

General fare to increase 25 cents. Changes will add $250,000 in revenue over six months, in part to offset higher fuel costs

By Mary Kay Quinn

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

To offset rising fuel costs, Metro Regional Transit Authority will raise seven types of fares, including its general fare, in June.

 

The general fare will increase 25 cents, to $1.25. The Metro board approved the fare structure Wednesday.

 

The increases should add $250,000 in revenue over six months, Finance Director Dean Harris said. Total fare revenue is $3.5 million a year, he said.

 

Eliminating free transfers last summer raised $300,000 from June to December.

 

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http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/13715681.htm

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From the 5/30/06 Akron Beacon Journal:

 

 

Metro fares will go up a quarter, starting Sunday

Rising costs cited in first fare increase in 11 years

By Mary Kay Quinn

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

Many Metro Regional Transit Authority passengers will begin paying an extra quarter Sunday, the first general fare increase in 11 years.

 

It is part of a package of fare changes that were first discussed early last year. Several other changes, including the elimination of free transfers, took effect last June.

 

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http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/14697151.htm?source=rss&channel=ohio_news

 

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From the Akron Beacon Journal  5/31/2006

 

Akron plans new bus terminal

$15 million station will replace downtown depot on crowded Main Street

By John Higgins

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

 

The Metro Regional Transit Authority plans to build a $15 million bus transfer terminal at the corner of Bartges Street and South Broadway on about 4 acres of city-owned land that Akron is donating to the project to leverage federal money.

 

The new terminal would replace Main Street as the primary location where passengers change buses.

 

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http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/14705043.htm

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If I remember right, the bus station is also located where it could be served by commuter trains someday.

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^ Your correct, there are set a tracks that run parrallel to this site.  I still hope commuter rail between Akron and Cleveland someday becomes a reality (I'd certainly use it!)

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Metro makes the transfer

An improved gathering point for all those buses

Akron Beacon Journal Editorial

 

Take a busy downtown block, say between Bowery and Mill streets. Add several buses, a few hundred high school students on their way home in the afternoon, the usual mix of foot traffic and cars and what have you got? A real mess.

 

For nearly 20 years the Metro Regional Transit Authority has been using that block as a central gathering point for people transferring bus routes. When it first opened, downtown congestion was much less of a concern than was bringing people downtown. Over the years vehicular and pedestrian traffic grew and now has reached a tipping point. What's more, the reluctance of many to make transfers downtown late at night because of safety concerns turned the continued presence of the Metro depot into a problem instead of a solution.

 

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http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/editorial/14732625.htm

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Trolley buses are great. Fort Wayne lost the last of their routes in 1960; when I moved here in 1958 for my first time out on my own, the bus line that I rode to work was a trolley bus. My street, Columbia Avenue, was a quiet residential street before the city made it part of a one-way pair, and on snowy mornings the bus was almost noiseless as it came down the street. The only sound it made was the air compressor kicking on every couple of blocks to pump up the air brakes. The ride was quiet and smooth, and the acceleration was pretty fast; they could beat most cars of the era away from a stoplight, and if you weren't in a seat, you'd best hang on to the overhead bar.

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From the 1/6/07 ABJ:

 

 

Metro RTA to solicit ideas for transfer site

Larger site for bus terminal to give room to grow

By John Higgins

Beacon Journal staff writer

 

The Metro Regional Transit Authority will discuss plans next week to build a $16.3 million bus transfer terminal at East Bartges Street and South Broadway.

 

Construction on the new center -- which will sit on about eight acres of city-donated property east of South Broadway -- is scheduled to start in 2008 and should be open in two years.

 

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http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/16397634.htm?source=rss&channel=ohio_news

 

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The story is about the last time streetcars ran in Akron.  But perhaps this can generate some discussion about adding another Ohio city to the list of those trying to bring them back.

 

Posted on Mon, Mar. 19, 2007 

 

One Last Ride

Streetcar passengers bid sad farewell to Akron service in March 1947

 

There was no going back when Akron's streetcars reached the end of the line.

 

On a chilly, gray afternoon fit for a funeral, hundreds of somber passengers climbed aboard city trolleys for one last ride. The Akron Transportation Co. held a public wake 60 years ago for its old railway system.

 

``March 23, 1947. It was a Sunday afternoon,'' recalled J. Gary Dillon, 77, vice president and program director of the Akron Railroad Club.

 

``That was the saddest day of my life. I went home and cried.''

 

Full story at:

http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/living/16933083.htm

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Hey if Kinosha, WI can do it...then why not Akron??  It is really sad that most every city had multiple transportation options back in the day...then we worked real hard to destroy those options.  Now we are trying to make up for decades of mistakes.

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Good old 20/20 hindsight.  I imagine they had to have a reason for removing these things back when they did.  Did the politicians not expect the population to boom like it has?

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I imagine they had to have a reason for removing these things back when they did.

 

They did....the automotive industry made their decission for them!

 

Don't forget Goodyear... they run Akron. They wanted rubber wheels everywhere. Them, coupled with the Big Three spelled certain doom for cities everywhere.

 

Question though...did New York have a streetcar system ever?

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New York City's streetcars began fading in the 1930s under a concerted plan by GM & Friends. They bragged at "motorizing" New York City with buses. But most lines kept running well into the 1950s. NYC's last line continued running until 1957 -- later than most if not all Ohio cities!

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I have not lived in Pittsburgh for about 20 years.  However, I do think Pittsburgh still has what used to be streetcars but now when they hit the city limits they become the subway.  At least that is how it was 10 years ago which is the last time I visited and used public transportation.  I know that when I lived in Pittsburgh and worked full time/school at night I loved taking the streetcar -- extra study time.  Pittsburgh also has a functioning incline that moves people up and down Mount Washington to the city for work.  Not sure how many people actually use it for weekly commute, but it is still maintained well as a tourist destination on the weekends.  if I could take a subway or commuter train now I sure would!

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Been awhile, but I'm still alive (I'll probably post a little photo thread of where I've been). Of course, those companies are largely responsible for destroying our streetcar systems, but don't forget that people could have fought it. It seems like there just wasn't enough people that really cared and they let it happened. Don't forget that the general public was also to blame.

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I imagine they had to have a reason for removing these things back when they did.

 

They did....the automotive industry made their decission for them!

 

Don't forget Goodyear... they run Akron. They wanted rubber wheels everywhere. Them, coupled with the Big Three spelled certain doom for cities everywhere.

 

Question though...did New York have a streetcar system ever?

 

did ny have streetcars? the brooklyn dodgers were named after the brooklyn crowds dodging all the streetcars!

 

funny thing, they say at one time los angeles had the best public transportation streetcar system in the world. who woulda thought that one?

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Interesting thing is that Los Angeles didn't exceed Cleveland in population until the 1940 census. The streetcar/interurban systems in each city reflected this. All of the streetcar/interurban routes are shown in the LA map I posted above. Here are the streetcar/interurban routes in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio in two maps...

 

The green lines with hash marks along them are the electric interurban routes in Cuyahoga County in 1918 (the other lines are steam railroads):

 

Cleveland1918.gif

 

Oh, and by the way, two of the lines on that map, the Lake Shore Electric from Cleveland west to Lorain was on a double-tracked, high-speed dedicated right of way west of Rocky River to Lorain where electric trains routinely cruised at 80 mph. Same deal with the Northern Ohio Traction & Light, which had a double-tracked, high-speed dedicated line south from Bedford to Cuyahoga Falls. The NOT&L trains also regularly cruised at 80 mph (much of the right of way was taken for State Route 8 ).

 

Here's Cleveland's streetcar system -- quite a bit more extensive than LA's (though this map vastly oversimplified the network):

 

cleg1925.gif

 

And, since this is supposed to be an Akron thread, here's Akron's streetcar system at its peak:

 

akrmapg.gif

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Here you go..... Columbus Streetcar & Interurban Map..  the Streetcar lines are in red and the interurban lines are in maroon.

 

Within the city limits, the interurbans followed the streetcar tracks.

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