The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) was recently awarded a $15M grant for railcar replacement, including the purchase of 34 new heavy rail vehicles for the Red Line. An October 2019 report released by GCP highlighted the capital challenges facing GCRTA. The report noted that while several opportunities exist to redesign and rethink the organization’s operations, “aging assets are a major concern, both for rail vehicles and for rail infrastructure.” Recognizing these challenges, GCP advocated for federal funding in partnership with the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC).
GCRTA is an important public partner that provides more than $300 million in economic impact to Cuyahoga County, including employment, earnings, and investment in the region. Public transit is an important part of Northeast Ohio’s economic development system. This funding represents an important step in upgrading one of the oldest rail car systems in the country to accommodate future riders and employers. It is critical to the region’s continued growth and vitality.