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Get ready to climb aboard the MetroHealth Line


On Thursday, MetroHealth and RTA unveiled the design for the buses that will run along the new MetroHealth Line when it is launched in December.

Mayor Frank Jackson, RTA CEO and GM Joe Calabrese, Ward 14 Councilman Brian Cummins, RTA Board Member Karen Moss and MetroHealth CEO Dr. Akram Boutros spoke at a morning event about the importance of transportation to the community.

This past spring, MetroHealth and RTA announced that the transit system’s second busiest line, Route 51, would be renamed and rebranded.

The MetroHealth Line will run from downtown west on Detroit Avenue and south down West 25th Street. The route will then split into four legs that will take riders to and from city neighborhoods and four suburbs -- with stops at five MetroHealth facilities, including:

• MetroHealth Medical Center

• Old Brooklyn Health Center

• Middleburg Heights November Family Health Center

• Parma Health Center

• Brecksville Health and Surgery Center

The hospital system’s MetroHealth Line sponsorship deal with RTA includes branding on 20 new clean-diesel buses, 37 shelters and more than 400 signs.

RTA has indicated that it plans to apply for federal funding to enhance the line by adding larger buses, traffic signal coordination and bus-only lanes during rush hours.