GCRTA celebrates an anniversary and grant award for Red Line

Nov. 20, 2018

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Red Line service to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport on Nov. 15 and announced a state grant that will allow the authority to reconstruct portion of line.

On November 15, 1968, the first rapid transit train broke through a banner stretched across the entrance to the Airport, making Cleveland the first city in the world with direct public transit rail service between a city’s Downtown district and an international airport.

Dr. Floun’say Caver, GCRTA’s interim CEO and general manager, noted that Red Line service remains a critical component to downtown economic development, as well as to the region’s travel, tourism and convention business.

The anniversary celebration was amplified by news that the Ohio Department of Transportation Office of Transit awarded GCRTA an $8.68 million grant from the Ohio Transit Preservation Partnership Program. The funds will reconstruct track on the Red Line between the airport and West Park Station.

“The Red Line logged more than 6.3 million riders in 2017. No doubt that our funding partners know how valuable the Red Line is to this region, and we are always grateful for their generous support,” Caver said.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Editor in Chief

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the magazine’s editorial direction and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.