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India L. Birdsong speaks at The City Club of Cleveland.
India L. Birdsong speaks at The City Club of Cleveland.

Public transit is more than just busses, trains, and track. It’s economic development, equity of access, and one of our community’s greatest assets.

In July 2021, the City Club welcomed India Birdsong to the City Club's Public Square series, where she discussed the next chapter of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA); as well as the recent launch of "Next Gen RTA," which introduced changes to many routes, including an increased frequency of bus service, reduced wait times, and an increased number of "one seat" rides--reducing the need for bus transfers.

Now, RTA is looking at innovative changes to the Transit Police Department, fare collection, and more. New investment opportunities have also found alignment as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act.

India L. Birdsong
General Manager and CEO, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Dan Moulthrop
CEO, The City Club of Cleveland

Natalia Garcia is a digital producer for the education team at Ideastream Public Media.