What You Need to Know about Cleveland Public TransportationMichelle McQuade | June 27, 2018
Cleveland’s transportation system is one of the main reasons home buyers are drawn to this bustling metropolis and its surrounding suburban retreats.
This quick overview will tell you more about the public transportation options that you can rely on when traveling around The 216.
The RTA: Making rush hour traffic awesome
Among major urban centers in the country – and even around the world, as a matter of fact – Cleveland boasts impressive traffic conditions.
The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is responsible for keeping congestion along city streets and highways relatively light. By providing efficient and dependable rides that the RTA presents, the RTA has given Greater Cleveland homeowners good reason to leave their cars at home.
Launched in 1975, the RTA extends a diverse selection of rides that enable Cleveland locals to reach their day-to-day destinations. Today’s RTA operates rail, bus, and trolley systems to serve not just the local streets and railways, but also to connect almost 60 surrounding municipalities to the big city.
7 things that make the RTA set the bar in urban commuting
What makes the RTA so popular among Cleveland residents? These highlight services and programs will give you a better idea:
- The HealthLine and Cleveland State Line
Headlining the RTA’s offerings, these Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems bring the efficiency and convenience of subway systems to the roads. Using 60-foot, articulated buses, the HealthLine and Cleveland State Line serve passengers along the busy Euclid Avenue and Clifton Boulevard corridors, respectively.
- Cleveland Passes
Ranging in validity from 1 to 4 days, these passes give commuters unlimited rides on RTA buses, trains, and the HealthLine.
- Convenient airport access
The RTA Red Line train guarantees smooth transit for travelers flying in or out of the city via the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, connecting to Downtown directly via the Public Square.
- Free trolley services
Four trolley routes provide an economical way to get around Downtown Cleveland from the Public Square. The RTA’s free trolleys run every 10 to 15 minutes, every day of the week.
Covering the special needs of senior-age adults and commuters with disabilities, the RTA’s Paratransit services include buses with wheelchair lifts or ramps, a bus fleet specially designed for PWD accessibility, and Rapid Train stations that comply with the standards described in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In collaboration with ride-sharing company Enterprise, the RTA offers this carpooling service to Cuyahoga County residents and drivers.
- Free rides for kids
Giving families traveling around the city a special treat during the summer, kids 12 years and younger can ride any RTA service (except the Paratransit) as long as they are accompanied by a parent or a guardian at least 18 years old.
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