Celebrating 50 Years of Direct Red Line Service to the Airport

On Thursday, November 15, RTA celebrated 50 years of direct service on the Red Line between Downtown Cleveland and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. An event was held to commemorate this occasion at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery at the Airport, located just outside the Red Line station. We heard how the Red Line has impacted the Greater Cleveland area and the Cleveland experience from Joe Roman of Greater Cleveland Partnership and Airport Director, Robert Kennedy, as well as RTA’s interim CEO and General Manager, Dr. Floun’say Caver.

Juan Carlos Rivera

Juan Carlos Rivera is one of the friendliest and most charismatic people that you will meet. Prior to RTA, Juan Carlos was a branch manager in the banking world. He decided to come to RTA for the opportunity to spend more time with his family.  As head of ADA registration and the Telephone Information Center, he gives his all to manage his team and serve the Greater Cleveland area in a friendly and efficient manner.

HealthLine Construction – Michael J. Schipper, P.E. Deputy General Manager – Engineering & Project Management

Ten years ago we opened the HeathLine. It was the culmination of 50 years of planning, three years of design, and four years of construction.  I was asked to comment on the construction of the project and a lot of thoughts came to mind – the magnitude, the deadlines, the designers and contractors, the conflicts and coordination, the adjacent property and business owners, the critics and the advocates, the oversight and scrutiny, the media, and, most importantly, the team that accomplished bringing the HealthLine to life.

Celebrating 10 Years of the HealthLine

Cleveland has changed dramatically in the past 10 years. From the revitalization of University Circle, to the giant chandelier in Playhouse Square to a new and improved Public Square, these elements are all tied together by one thing: RTA’s state of the art HealthLine. New businesses have sprouted along the Euclid Corridor and has helped Cleveland gain national attention for sports, attractions, world-class museums, restaurants and more. There is a new energy in Northeast Ohio and the world is taking notice.

Pink Patch Project

• One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
• Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
• Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 40,500 will die.

These facts and figures are a scary reality that we face, and unfortunately, most of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.

Foundations for the Future

In order to achieve RTA’s mission to provide safe, reliable, clean and courteous public transportation new revenue will be needed in the future. We know that a successful transit ballot measure will required, civic input, creating a shared vision, increasing public trust, and time to accomplish these things. This year we have commissioned several studies to help us develop a plan as we move forward. We need to know that the public, civic leaders, business influencers and, most importantly, our customers think about the future of RTA. What are their priorities?

Trolley Ambassador, Eddie Mae McKinney

Eddie Mae is one of the original ambassadors, she’s been on the Trolley since its inception in 2006, nearly half of her career as a bus operator. She says she decided to interview for the Trolley ambassador position for a change of pace and a change of scenery, but it’s grown into a way of life. She loves the people, the energy downtown, and the entertainment value of the job. She enjoys the familiarity she has with her regular riders; she knows their riding habits and regular stops. Some riders will even wait just for her Trolley that way they can catch up on what’s happening in life.

My Summer Internship, by Yvette Duke

This summer I had the opportunity to work at Greater Cleveland RTA in the Human Resources Department as a Labor and Employee Relations intern. I am a current senior at Cleveland State University majoring in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Human Resources. I enjoy writing, traveling, spending time with family and adventure. While working at GCRTA I was able to grow my skillset, achieve personal growth, and create a vision of success in my future endeavors.

RTA has a K-9 unit, but why?

RTA has one of the largest police forces in Cuyahoga County, so it is of no surprise that we also have one of the largest K-9 forces. Comprised of eight teams of handler and canine, RTA’s unit is used for more than just patrolling the buses and trains.

The RTA K-9 force started with just four dogs in 2006. Over the past twelve years, we’ve we've had nearly 20 dogs that have been trained in patrol and explosive detection, with our current roster at 8.


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