Cleveland RTA 2013 Ridership Up 2%

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority saw a 2 percent increase in ridership on its trains and buses in 2013, marking the third consecutive year of ridership gains.

Total patronage rose by 1 million rides last year compared with 2012. The Red Line, on which ridership climbed 3 percent, finished 2013 with its highest ridership total in more than 25 years, agency officials said in a press release. Ridership on the HealthLine rose 5 percent.

“2013 was a great year,” said Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Joe Calabrese. “We are poised to do an even greater job in 2014.”

Helping to boost Cleveland RTA riders was the Innerbelt Bridge (Interstate 90) construction project, an influx of visitors attending the National Senior Games, the opening of new attractions and hotels in downtown Cleveland, 24-hour service on New Year’s Eve, and increased service on trolleys, buses and the Waterfront Line.

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