RTA receives federal funds to improve the Red Line Rapid

It’s part of the $300-Million rail car replacement program.

RTA receives federal funds to improve the Red Line Rapid

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) was granted $15 million in federal funds to help replace the Red Line.

RTA officials said the funds will go towards the cost of replacing the 34 rail cars needed to operate the Red Line.

“As Ohio’s leader and only provider of rail for public transportation, our system has proven to be one of our region’s greatest assets for mobility enhancement for Greater Cleveland residents. Now, with this federal grant investment, we are one-step closer to eliminating the risk of losing this resource --- a resource that offers mobility options to residents as they journey to school, work, health care and a host of other essential destinations each day,” said RTA CEO and General Manager, India Birdsong.

RTA’s Red Line serves around 20,000 riders per day.

The Blue and Green Lines serve around 5,000 riders per day.

A total of 74 cars make up the Red, Blue and Green Lines.

“This grant will go a long way toward the goal of the approximately $300 million needed for the entire rail car replacement program. That includes the cost to replace both heavy and light rail cars, and for design and program management, maintenance facility modifications, station and platform modifications, rail equipment and contingencies in support of the new rail cars," said Birdsong.

The process to begin purchasing rail cars will begin next year according to RTA Spokesperson Linda Krecic, “We are going to be starting a procurement process later this year. We anticipate to award dollars for a rail car contract in the second quarter of 2021. We hope to get delivery of the first shipment of rail cars in late 2024.”

The Regional Transit Authority has already committed $44-Million to replacing rail cars -- money that will match federal and state grants.

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