K-9 Officer Kubo Receives Tactical Vest

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Transit Police K-9, Kubo, has become the proud recipient of a custom designed protective vest, thanks to the fund-raising efforts of 10-year-old Brady Snakovsky of Strongsville.

The vest was donated by MMI Textiles of Westlake and manufactured by Line of Defense in Canada, which makes vests and tactical equipment for Military, Police, Security and K-9 applications. 

RTA Color Guard

Here at RTA the pride we feel in our work is across the board, and that’s no exception for our Transit Police Department. RTA has its very own Color Guard/Honor Guard and they stand at the forefront of the department’s pride. Comprised of 10 officers representing Transit Police, and RTA, to provide and protect a safe, reliable, clean and courteous public transit service. The RTA Transit Police Department has had a Color Guard/Honor Guard since 1988. Color Guard participates in celebratory events, and the Honor Guard participates in solemn occasions.

Sustainable Cleveland 2019

Can you believe it? It’s been 10 years since Sustainable Cleveland launched in 2009! Please join us for the Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit on October 16th at Cleveland Public Auditorium, where we will celebrate 10 years of progress and build our future. Please join us for Mayor Frank Jackson's Sustainable Cleveland 2019 Summit, October 16th at Public Auditorium (500 Lakeside Ave). Every year, 500+ community and business leaders, government officials, students, and residents work together to help transform Cleveland into a "green city on a blue lake."

Now offering free Wi-Fi!

RTA is investing in a well-rounded experience for all riders, with all vehicles in its fleet offering free WiFi to riders.

While actively making strides to close the digital divide, RTA is working to bridge the gap for homes and neighborhoods that have limited to no access to technology via the internet. So with an AT&T contract investment of $2 million for 5 years for a complete cellular and Wi-Fi communications upgrade overhaul, RTA is becoming a solution and an advocate for education and educational success.

Officer Greg Theiss

RTA’s Transit Police department handles calls for service and other emergencies just like every other police department in Ohio. Our 140 sworn officers pledge to keep not only RTA’s staff and riders, but everyone in Greater Cleveland safe every day. This past July, Officer Greg Theiss was on his break when someone approached him about a man about to jump off a bridge. Officer Theiss responded quickly to the bridge at W. 140-Lorain, which is just above our rapid tracks by the West Park Rapid Transit Station.

S-Curve Update

Work on the S-Curve retaining wall is on schedule to be completed by the end of August. A total of 75 steel frames have been erected and a layer of anti-corrosion and ultraviolet protection coating is being applied. There is still work taking place closer to the Airport for track and infrastructure improvements. RTA has been proactive in the repair of the S Curve; this video shows the most up to date progress.

Real Time Solar Signs Pilot Program

RTA pilots solar real-time bus arrival information signs

By: Mandy Metcalf, Planning Team Leader - Programming & Planning Dept.

Knowing exactly when your bus will arrive makes riding transit easier and less stressful. That’s why RTA is testing solar real-time arrival information signs from CHK Connectpoint. The signs list when the bus is coming for all the routes at the stop and update every minute based on the actual position of the bus. These signs are located on the outside of the shelter or on a pole nearby for easy rider access.

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