Jan 17, 2012
Riders board a bus on Public Square.

CLEVELAND -- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA)  carried more than 46 million riders in 2011 – a nearly four percent increase over 2010.

More good news

  • In December 2011, RTA had 12.5 percent more riders than the same month in 2010.
  • On the Red Line specifically, more than half a million riders used this heavy rail service, making it the highest December Red Line usage since 1988.
  • The HealthLine, Cleveland’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, saw a 14 percent increase over last December, and a year-long increase of nearly 8 percent.
  • Trolley ridership was up this December, with an increase of 19 percent over last year.
  • December 2011 marks the eighth month in a row of increased ridership throughout the RTA system.


“These numbers are phenomenal,” said Joe Calabrese, CEO and General Manager. “RTA is proud to serve more customers this year in every area of service. RTA appreciates that people trust us to get them where they need to go.”

RTA provides quality, economic and safe public transportation via rail, bus and Paratransit throughout Cuyahoga County. Check www.riderta.com for timetables, schedules and route information or call the RTAnswerline at 216-621-9500.

Media Contact: Mary Shaffer, 216-566-5211