RTA ridership soars in December - up for all of 2011

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA)  carried more than 46 million riders throughout 2011 - a nearly 4% increase since 2010.

In just December of 2011, RTA had an increase of 12.5% more riders this year than the same month in 2010.

On the Red Line specifically, more than half a million riders used this heavy rail service, making it the highest December Red Line usage since 1988.

"These numbers are phenomenal," explained Joe Calabrese, CEO and General Manager, to the RTA Board of Trustees. "RTA is glad to serve more customers this year in every area of service. RTA appreciates that people trust us to get them where they need to go."

The good news continues on the HealthLine, Cleveland's Bus Rapid Transit System, with a 14% increase from last December, and for a year-long increase of nearly 8%.

Trolley ridership was up this December, an increase of 19% from last year.

December 2011 marks the eighth month in a row of increased ridership throughout the RTA system.

RTA provides quality, economic and safe public transportation via rail, bus and Paratransit throughout Cuyahoga County. Check www.riderta.com for timetables, schedules and route information or call the RTAnswerline at 216.621.9500.

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