CLEVELAND, OH – The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) announced today that Park-N-Ride service on all three routes will be restored Monday through Friday at a 30-minute frequency beginning Monday, August 10. Park-N-Ride service was suspended March 24 due to COVID-19, when the majority of Downtown office workers began working remotely. The original Park-N-Ride service frequency was approximately every 15 to 30 minutes.
The announcement came at a meeting of the Operational Planning & Infrastructure Committee of the RTA Board of Trustees, where RTA staff presented additional service and schedule adjustments that will take effect August 9. Those service changes will increase frequency on selected bus routes in time for expected increased ridership in the fall.
“We know that our Park-N-Ride customers will welcome the news that this service will be back up and running. We believe the 30-minute frequency will be sufficient to accommodate commuters who will be returning to their Downtown work locations this fall,” said RTA’s Chief Operating Officer, Floun’say Caver, Ph.D.
The service change also calls for a modified B-Line Trolley route to operate every 15 minutes on an alignment that serves Public Square in both directions. The new alignment also serves E-Line stops in the Warehouse District.
“Our goal in August is to ensure that enough capacity is available for fall 2020 ridership,” said Caver.
RTA will monitor ridership throughout the fall and will make necessary modifications as circumstances change.
In addition, the rail construction that began on the Blue and Green Lines on June 28 will be complete by August 9 and rail service on those lines will be restored.
“System wide, bus and rail combined weekly vehicle hours of service will be increased to 93% of pre-COVID levels,” Caver said. “We will remain agile regarding service levels during this uncertain time,” he said.