All Aboard Ohio Tours GCRTA’s Rail Maintenance Facility

This distinctive event offered a captivating opportunity for both rail enthusiasts and officials to immerse themselves in the exploration of GCRTA's Rail Maintenance Facility.

 All Aboard Ohio Tours GCRTA’s Rail Maintenance Facility
by Rasheida Wimberly

Dec 21, 2023

On December 1, 2023, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) extended a warm welcome to 29 members of All Aboard Ohio and three esteemed Ohio legislators: Bride Rose Sweeney, Sean Brennan, and Kent Smith.

This distinctive event offered a captivating opportunity for both rail enthusiasts and officials to immerse themselves in the exploration of GCRTA's Rail Maintenance Facility, providing valuable insights into the cutting-edge rail car replacement program.

The day unfolded with a unique transit experience, as half of the attendees opted to ride GCRTA's Blue, Green, and Red Lines, arriving at E. 55th St. Station. Upon arriving at the station, they were greeted and escorted to the rail maintenance facility by GCRTA staff.

The event concluded with an engaging Q&A session, allowing participants to dive deeper into the intricacies of the new rail cars and gain comprehensive knowledge about GCRTA's rail system.

Features of the Rail Car Replacement Program:

  • Enhanced Accessibility: The new rail cars boast improved accessibility features, allowing passengers to access doors from both existing heavy rail platforms and street-level light rail platforms. This inclusive design ensures ease of boarding for individuals using high and low platforms.
  • Cost Reduction: The consolidation of a single fleet of train cars instead of two contributes to reduced maintenance and inventory costs. This streamlining enhances operational efficiency and fiscal responsibility.
  • Technological Advancements: The upgraded rail cars feature 15 enhanced CCTV/cameras, advanced destination signs, and informative messaging systems. These technological improvements enhance passenger safety and communication.
  • Interior Innovations: The interior design includes a dedicated HVAC unit for operators, strategically separated from passengers. This allows independent temperature control for the front and rear sections, ensuring optimal comfort.
  • External Enhancements: To combat winter challenges, the new rail cars are equipped with ice cutter pantographs. These devices effectively break down snow and ice, to help prevent interrupted train operations during colder months.
  • Improved Seating: The redesigned trains will have 52 plastic seats that are easily cleanable. Additionally, there will be designated areas for wheelchairs and bicycles, which contribute to a more accommodating and versatile public transit experience.