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Regional Transit Authority

Cleveland, like many American cities, experienced its heyday of streetcar transit lines in the early decades of the twentieth century. Many Clevelanders still fondly recall their trips downtown aboard the creaking, groaning streetcars that plied the city's major thoroughfares. While streetcars formed the backbone of public transit in the first half of the century, in the second half, buses and rapid trains became common. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority formed in 1975 through the merger of the Cleveland Transit System and the Shaker Heights Rapid Transit and also assumed control over several suburban bus systems. RTA spearheaded the federally funded Euclid Corridor Transportation Project, the culmination of decades of attempts to introduce a high-speed transit line on Euclid Avenue.

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Buses and Streetcars, 1948 Buses and streetcars on Euclid Avenue in 1948. By the late 1950s, buses had replaced Cleveland's streetcar lines as the most visible form of public transit. Source: Cleveland Memory Project, Cleveland State University Library Special Collections
Cleveland Electric Railway Workers Employees of Cleveland Electric Railway, ca. 1920 Source: Cleveland Memory Project, Cleveland State University Library Special Collections
East 9th and Euclid, 1936 Streetcars pass the intersection of East 9th Street and Euclid Avenue. Source: Cleveland Memory Project, Cleveland State University Library Special Collections
Streetcars in Snow, ca. 1940s Automobiles, streetcars and snowplows ply a slippery Euclid Avenue just west of the Cleveland Clinic. Source: Cleveland Memory Project, Cleveland State University Library Special Collections
Flooded Streetcar, 1914 Flooding overtakes a streetcar in Collinwood. Source: Cleveland Memory Project, Cleveland State University Library Special Collections
Streetcar Operators, ca. 1930 Streetcar operators on Euclid Avenue, ca. 1930 Source: Cleveland Memory Project, Cleveland State University Library Special Collections
Euclid Avenue Streetcar, ca. 1940s Passengers in downtown line up to board a Euclid Avenue streetcar bound for East Cleveland and Collinwood. Source: Cleveland Memory Project, Cleveland State University Library Special Collections
Abandoned Streetcar, 1913 A streetcar is abandoned during a snowstorm. Source: Cleveland Memory Project, Cleveland State University Library Special Collections

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“Regional Transit Authority,” Cleveland Historical, accessed June 30, 2022, https://clevelandhistorical.org/items/show/12.