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City, RTA Conduct Public Square Traffic Study

RTA CEO and General Manager Joe Calabrese and Cleveland Chief Operating Officer Darnell Brown provide details on the traffic study. [Phoebe Petrovic / ideastream]

The City of Cleveland and the Regional Transit Authority will finish collecting data Wednesday for a study on traffic around Public Square. They'll present the results to the Federal Transit Administration later this month. 

During rush hours, fourteen people will count the number of buses, bikes, cars, and pedestrians in intersections near Public Square.

It’s the final component of what RTA CEO and General Manager Joe Calabrese says is a weeks-long study analyzing the impact that rerouting buses around Public Square has had on city traffic.

"The whole goal is, number one, to see what delays there may be by RTA buses going around, what can be done to mitigate those delays if there are delays, and then put together a plan to get FTA concurrence to keep those buses off of those 600 foot of Superior Avenue through the Square," said Calabrese.

The FTA recently demanded $12 million from the RTA for failing to re-open that section of Superior, which they said broke the terms of a grant agreement.

The City and RTA also asked for an extension on the FTA’s re-payment deadline. But right now, the money is due on January 19th. And the traffic study results will be published just a day before.