Protestors At Ohio Statehouse Want Lawmakers To Make Public Transit More Affordable

Apr 19, 2016

A group of bus riders and union leaders from Cleveland was in Columbus today. The group is telling state lawmakers to dedicate more money to funding public transit.

More of the protest in front of Ohio Statehouse
Credit Jo Ingles

Clevelanders for Public Transit, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and union representatives say the state needs to kick in more money to fund public transit.

(Chanting) “Fix it, fund it, make it fair.”

Cleveland resident Sandra Ellington says many low income people who depend on buses can’t afford the $85 dollar pass she buys each month just to ride.

Sandra Ellington, Cleveland resident
Credit Jo Ingles

“We live in one of the richest countries in the world. There is no excuse for this. We have got to figure out a way. We can’t do it on the backs of the working poor. That’s unacceptable in my book.”

The group is asking lawmakers to follow through on the Transit Needs Study by the Ohio Department of Transportation.