Greater Cleveland RTA secures $16 million FTA ASAP grant

Greater Cleveland RTA secures $16 million FTA ASAP grant Image credit: GCRTA

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded $16 million in grant funds to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) as part of the All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP).

The grant will be used to rehabilitate eight stations along the light-rail Blue Line to make the entire line accessible for people with disabilities. Station upgrades will include replacing the 40-year-old platforms with new concrete platforms with tactile warning panels, installing redesigned ramps, elevating a platform section to access trains, and improving parking stalls with curb ramps to access the stations.

The ASAP was created in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021. The funding is part of the $343 million awarded under ASAP for eight transit systems in eight states. The funding will help make it easier for people with disabilities to access some of the nation’s oldest and busiest rail transit systems through upgrades, such as elevators. Federal funds can be no more than 80% of the project’s total cost.

Source: FTA