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Cleveland RTA appoints director of procurement, passes measures to aid track, finances, ridership


Greater Cleveland Regional Transportation Authority recently named Greg Van Ho director of procurement.

Van Ho, a 17-year RTA veteran, succeeds Jim Zingale, who resigned Dec. 31 to take a position at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

On May 21, the board agreed to spend $1.1 million to hire Perk Co. to rehabilitate the 1914-built McCurdy Street bridge, which carries light-rail vehicles on Cleveland’s east side. RTA expects about 80 percent of the work to be covered by federal funding. The board also spent $440,000 on five different packages of parts and equipment that will be used this fall to rehabilitate rail sections.

RTA’s board also authorized a refund (not to exceed $66 million) of outstanding general obligation bonds issued in 1996 and 1998. The agency expects to see significant savings following the refinancing.

Meanwhile, an agreement the board authorized with the Cleveland Municipal Schools will allow the school district to issue photo ID student farecards, which will enable up to 3,800 students in nine of 17 area high schools to ride RTA vehicles to and from school. RTA will be paid $34.50 per student per month.

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