Posts Tagged ‘RTA’

Cleveland RTA Upgrading 116th Street Station

June 2, 2018

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority has begun construction of a renovated East 116th-St. Luke’s station on its joint Blue and Green lines in Cleveland.

The $7.2 million project will provide enhanced security features, emergency call buttons and better lighting, and ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Construction.

The project is expected to be completed in May 2019. The station was last renovated in 1981.

Shirmir Construction has installed a temporary access way so riders can use the station during construction. Panzica Construction Co. is the general contractor, while City Architecture is providing the design.

The East 116th Station opened in 1920, when service began from Shaker Square to East 34th Street and downtown Cleveland.

Red Line Cars to be Made Rolling Art Exhibit

April 23, 2018

A nonprofit group in Cleveland plans to transform some transit cars of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority into a rolling museum of contemporary art.

LAND Studio is looking for artists who will create artworks that will be placed in the windows of 25 Red Line cars.

Each artist will receive $1,500 to create designs for artworks capable of being digitized and printed on vinyl.

Five Red Line cars with have works by five artists to match one of five literary passages taken from the work of a Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner.

The art placed on the five cars will be duplicated five times on Red Line cars thus presenting 25 responses to the five individual literary passages by five writers. Excerpts from the writings will also be displayed on the windows.

LAND is taking applications from artists through April 30. Applicants must submit portfolios of their work through an online portal or by contacting LAND Studio’s Joe Lanzilotta at with subject line: INTER|URBAN RFP.

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award is administered by the Cleveland Foundation to “recognize books that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of diversity.”

The passages to be interpreted by the artists will be chosen from: The Negro Speaks of Rivers, by Langston Hughes; The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson; The Fortunes, by Peter Ho Davies; Far From the Tree, by Andrew Solomon; and The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle, by Lillian Faderman.

The Cleveland Foundation is providing $185,000 for the project to place the art on the Red Line cars.

This is the second project involving LAND Studio and RTA. In 2016, painters and photographers produced a dozen large-scale indoor and outdoor murals that were placed along the Red Line.

RTA Breaks Ground on New Campus Station

June 3, 2017

An artist drawing of the new RTA Campus station.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held this week for a new Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority station near 34th Street in downtown Cleveland to serve the metro campus of Cuyahoga Community  College.

Known as Campus Station, the facility will serve trains of the Red, Green and Blue rail lines, as well as three bus routes. It will be built at the site of the existing Campus station, which opened for light-rail service in 1930.

Panzica Construction Company was awarded a $6 million contract to build the station, which is expected to open in late 2018. Federal funding will cover 80 percent of the $7.5 million project.

RTA said in a news release that the station will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, instead of escalators and elevators, the facility will feature an extended ramp design.

Some RTA Rail Lines May Shut Down by 2020

October 20, 2015

An Ohio-based rail advocacy group is warning that lack of replacement parts may sideline Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority trains on the east side of Cleveland in five years or less.

All Aboard Ohio said that the cars assigned to the Blue and Green Line routes are obsolete and the manufacturers are no longer making spare parts. RTA has been cannibalizing retired cars to keep its fleet going.

All Aboard Ohio said the economic life expectancy of rail cars is about 25 years.

Although RTA overhauled some cars about 10 years ago, the average age of the RTA rail fleet is 33 years old with the Shaker rapid cars more than  35 years old.Funding to buy replacement rail cars has yet to be found.

“At the rate the aging rail fleet is failing, by 2020 there won’t be enough railcars left to operate a full schedule on the Blue and Green lines between Shaker Heights and downtown Cleveland,” All Aboard Ohio said.” One or more of these rail lines will be unable to operate a full schedule and would have to be shut down and operated by replacement buses.”

RTA has spent several million dollars of federal funds to repair and renovate tracks, stations and other infrastructure.

All Aboard Ohio said RTA needs an estimated $280 million to replace its rail fleet with cars capable of operating over all of the agency’s rail routes. Rail cars cost about $5 million per car.

Greater Cleveland RTA also needs another $254 million for capital repairs of both bus and rail equipment.

Even if funding was identified today, it would take several years for cars to be ordered, designed, built, delivered and tested before entering revenue service.

RTA purchased 60 heavy rail cars built by Tokyu in 1984-1985, but only 40 are being renovated and expected to remain in service. The rest are being scrapped.

These cars are used on the Red Line between Cleveland Hopkins Airport and Windermere in East Cleveland. All Aboard Ohio said the Red Line fleet is expected to remain in service through 2025.

Cars used on the Blue and Green Lines were built between 1980 and 1981 by Breda.

The 48 light-rail Breda cars have regular steel bodies that have not been as durable as the stainless steel bodies used on Red Line cars.

The Breda cars were overhauled in 2005. Another drawback to the Breda cars is that their air conditioning systems use Freon, which will be illegal to use starting in 2016.

About half of the original Breda cars are still available for service today. RTA needs 14 light-rail cars to run the rush-hour schedule on the Blue and Green Lines with more cars needed for such special events as Cleveland Browns games and St. Patrick’s Day.

Although some federal funding is available to buy new rail cars, All Aboard Ohio said that RTA lacks the matching local funds needed.

Although RTA receives some sales tax money, it is no longer enough to support the capital costs of maintaining the agency’s infrastructure and providing current levels of service.

RTA has exhausted its allotment of federal funding through 2019. Those dollars were used for other capital projects.

Falling population in Cuyahoga County has resulted in declining ridership for RTA. The agency carried 120 million in 1980 and serves about 50 million today.

However, that is still more riders than are carried by the transit systems in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati combined.

All Aboard Ohio said one solution might be to expand RTA’s service and funding territory to bordering counties in Greater Cleveland, perhaps through mergers.