Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA)

OH: RTA Unveils New Red Line Cars

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) displays its first newly renovated Red Line rail car on from 1 p.m. Dec. 10, through 7 p.m. 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. 

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.

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