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1/21/2013    



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Greater Cleveland RTA posts ridership gain in 2012



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Ridership on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) rose 4.3 percent to 48.2 million in 2012, marking the second consecutive year of growth, agency officials said in a prepared statement.

Every service mode registered an increase, but the biggest gain was posted on the Red Line rail corridor, where ridership climbed 9.1 percent. The Blue and Green rail lines posted a 4.1 percent ridership gain.

"Customers are making a choice to ride, especially on the rail," said Chief Executive Officer and General Manger Joseph Calabrese. "With our recent increase in frequency on the Red, Blue and Green lines, and 8,000 free parking spaces at rail stations, we have room for more Northeast Ohioans to make the green choice and ride RTA."

Meanwhile, average daily trolley ridership rose 5 percent to 3,840 trips. Additional trolley service was introduced in September.


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