CLEVELAND -- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) overcame horrible winter conditions in the first quarter of 2014 to finish with its fourth straight year of ridership growth.
Ridership rose by 8 percent in December, the largest monthly increase in four years, as bus and HealthLine trips grew by more than 10 percent. For the year, total ridership exceeded 49.25 million.
RAIL: Construction interruptions kept rail use low much of the summer, as work continued on the Little Italy-University Circle Station and the Cedar-University Station. For the year, combined ridership on the all rail lines -- Red, Blue and Green and Waterfront -- was down 3.6 percent.
PARATRANSIT: Paratransit use continued to rise, putting significant strain on RTA’s service capabilities. Total trips on Paratransit exceeded three quarters of a million, a 6.7 percent increase.
LOOKING AHEAD: RTA’s ridership goal for 2015 is 51.25 million trips, a 2.5 percent increase.
- Linda Scardilli Krecic
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