Dec 3, 2013
The Red Line leaves Tower City.

CLEVELAND -- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) displays its first newly renovated Red Line rail car on from 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, through 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11,. in Tower City.

All 40 Red Line cars are getting interior 'facelifts', in addition to recently completed exterior work. The budget of this project for interior is $3.5 million and will take about two years to complete.

RTA employees handle all the work for this interior overhaul project . All materials used are Buy America compliant. 

Note: Media can preview these cars from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10,  center track, Red Line, Tower City. 

Upgrades and new features

  •    LED lighting replaces previous fluorescent lighting
  •    Upgraded seat frames and seats
  •    New windows
  •    Interior panels refurbished and painted with materials from Cleveland's own Sherwin-Williams
  •    Flooring and sub-flooring replaced with fire retardant state-of-the-art flooring
  •    Additional ADA space for strollers, bicycles, shopping carts
  •    Updated graphics and signage

This project is intended to extend the life of the rail fleet by 15 years.

Exterior Work 

RTA's five-year mechanical overhaul of rail cars was completed in 2012, at a cost of $21.6 million.

RTA provides quality, economic and safe public transportation via rail, bus and Paratransit throughout Cuyahoga County. Real-time information is available for all buses and trains. Check or call the RTAnswerline at 216-621-9500.

Media Contact: Mary Shaffer, Public Relations: 216-566-5211