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The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) last week began a $6.4 million track upgrade project funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Transit Preservation Partnership, a funding program to support public transportation services.
The project — which calls for extending 3.6-miles of rail between the West Park Station and the airport tunnel — will replace 12,275 timber cross ties, improve track drainage, add signal systems, repair the Puritas Station platform and provide for a full rehabilitation of the railroad track, said RTA’s Interim Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Flounsay Caver in a press release.
The track improvement is the final portion of a multiyear $38 million effort to repair and improve the West Side Red Line.
Through a combination of funding sources, RTA has invested nearly $40 million over the past six years in the Red Line.