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Greater Cleveland RTA records ridership gain in 2013


The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) posted a 2 percent ridership increase on its trains and buses in 2013, marking the third consecutive year of ridership gains.

Total ridership increased by 1 million rides last year compared with 2012. The Red Line, on which ridership climbed 3 percent, finished 2013 with its highest ridership total in more than 25 years, agency officials said in a press release. Ridership on the HealthLine rose 5 percent.

"2013 was a great year," said Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Joe Calabrese. "We are poised to do an even greater job in 2014."

GCRTA received a ridership boost from the Innerbelt Bridge construction project, an influx of visitors attending the National Senior Games, the opening of new attractions and hotels in downtown Cleveland, 24/7 service on New Year's Eve, and increased service on trolleys, buses and the Waterfront Line, agency officials said.