Sep 28, 2023
Cleveland OH – The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) announced today the award of a $12.6 million grant from ODOT’s 2024 Ohio Transit Partnership Program (OTP2) for use towards their Rail Car Replacement Program, and electrical vehicle planning.
$12.4 million of the funding goes towards GCRTA’s Rail Car Replacement Program, and $200,000 for electrical vehicle planning. "This is the fourth year that ODOT has awarded funding to the Rail Car Replacement Program and brings the total ODOT funding to $33.8 million," said GCRTA Deputy General Manager Engineering & Project Management, Michael J. Schipper. "With this award GCRTA has now raised $355.3 million of the $393 million total program budget."
The $200,000 funding will be utilized to plan and develop a program to evaluate bus routes for the future transition of adding electric buses to RTA’s bus fleet.
"Funding opportunities such as these underscore the importance of public transportation to our region and subsequent investment in our communities. We are extremely pleased with the outcome of this round of funding and appreciate ODOT’s continued support of our Rail Car Replacement Program, and research into electric vehicles," said GCRTA General Manager, Chief Executive Officer India L. Birdsong Terry.
GCRTA was formed in 1975 with the mission of providing public transit services to the 59 communities and 1.2 million residents of Cuyahoga County. As the largest public transit agency in the State of Ohio, GCRTA’s service options include bus, BRT, trolley, paratransit and three rail lines. GCRTA makes connections that empower individuals, neighborhoods, and communities to rise.