Oct 26, 2012
The Rapid Station at Hopkins Airport

CLEVELAND -- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is making major repairs on the 44-year-old Red Line rail tunnel that extends 1,600 feet under Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

The rail tunnel closed on Nov. 27. Engineers estimate that the $10.1 million project will take about six months.

Bus service

During the shutdown, RTA is operating bus service between the bus stop area on the east side of the Brookpark Rapid Station and the limousine staging area near the Airport terminal.

Customers should allow extra time to reach the Airport, or to arrive at their final destination from the Airport.

Buses have destination signs that read "Red Line".  Bus service is coordinated with the rail schedule, Buses operate every 15 minutes.

Fare collection

TO THE AIRPORT (CLE): If you transfer from the Red Line to the bus, use the proof-of-payment (POP) pass or farecard that you carried while riding the Red Line. Show it to the operator as you board the bus to the Airport.

LEAVING THE AIRPORT (CLE) : If you start your trip on the bus at Hopkins, pay the operator and request a proof-of-payment document. Keep that with you until you have left the Red Line.

Fares (Same prices as rest of the system)

  • $2.25 one-way fare (does not include transfers).

  • $11.25 for 5-trip farecard, includes transfer on each trip (e.g. good for Blue/Green or bus transfers to Red Line)

  • $5 All-Day Pass (includes transfers)


In 2012, the RTA Board of Trustees awarded a contract to restore and improve the tunnel's drainage, track, structure and safety systems. The tunnel begins just east of State Route 237. It continues under an airport access road and parking lot to an RTA station at the end of the line, inside the Airport terminal building.

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.