RTA maintains more than 1,300 shelters throughout Greater Cleveland. These shelters provide our customers with a comfortable place to wait for their bus.

Keeping these shelters clean and attractive is a key priority. Our goals:

  • Visit heavily used downtown shelters once a week
  • Visit neighborhood shelters once every three weeks during warm weather

Because of weather conditions, winter schedules are more variable.

Special maintenance is done as needed.

Even with this level of service, it is often difficult to keep shelters in optimum condition for our customers and their neighborhoods.

RTA’s Adopt-A-Shelter program is one solution to this issue.

  • It provides an opportunity for members of the community to help RTA maintain its shelters. Clean and attractive shelters are a benefit to the community.
  • This exciting, innovative program allows local businesses, organizations, churches, individuals and neighborhood street clubs to keep their local shelters attractive and well maintained.

RTA encourages you or your group to considering adopting a shelter today.

What kinds of shelters are there?

  • Stations are Rapid Stations or a HealthLine Stations. They have dedicated work crews and are not up for adoption. Some HealthLine Stations have paid sponsors, such as CSU or Medical Mutual.
  • Stops or Bus Stops are marked by an RTA sign on a utility pole. There is no structure to adopt.
  • Shelters are where people wait for a bus or train. You can adopt these, and we appreciate your efforts to help us maintain them.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Help remove debris between scheduled cleanings.
  • Call 216-566-5135 to report the need for repair, due to damage or vandalism.
  • Call 216-566-5135 to report special cleaning needs.
  • When possible, provide extra care by planting flowers and shrubs.
  • RTA maintains liability for all shelters.

What are the benefits of adopting a shelter?

  • A plaque acknowledging the adoption will be secured to the shelter.
  • You will receive recognition in Rider's Digest, RTA's customer newsletter.
  • You will gain the satisfaction of contributing to a cleaner, more attractive environment.
  • Groups will demonstrate their commitment to the community.

Who can adopt shelters?

  • Individual homeowners and residents
  • Churches or church groups
  • Scouting units
  • Local development corporations
  • Schools
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Merchants
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Fraternities or sororities
  • Political clubs and organizations
  • Anyone who wants to make their neighborhood more attractive.

How can I get involved in enhancing my community?

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