A detailed look at Cleveland’s RTA upgraded train cars with support from Sherwin-Williams
Company Profile: The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) was established in 1974, combining several transportation groups into one large entity with the mission of providing quality, economical, and safe public transportation throughout Cuyahoga County. RTA offers public transit service throughout 457 square miles on bus, train (heavy and light rail lines), bus rapid transit (the HealthLine), trolley and paratransit (door-to-door service to seniors and people with disabilities).
The Project: In conjunction with the recently completed five-year mechanical exterior overhaul of the Red Line rail cars, RTA began an interior renovation project this past winter.
This project is expected to extend the life of the entire rail fleet by 15 years. The industry average to purchase one new rail car is roughly $4 million.
Painting with a Purpose: RTA developed many relationships with suppliers for this project, but one hometown connection made this renovation unique. Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes, also located in Cleveland, Ohio was selected to supply paint for the color landscape change to the interior panels.
Updating the panels with fresh color is just one piece of the renovation, but the complexity of the process, time commitment, and cost (each car is estimated to need $1,600 of paint and approximately $65,000-70,000 for the entire fleet) made the paint supplier a critical decision.
To maximize their efficiency, RTA chose to utilize the Genesis® product line, which features the durability and speed needed to keep the renovation on schedule.
RTA Rail Equipment Manager Jim Parkes says, “Sherwin-Williams was an easy choice. They pair excellent service and agile support with a durable, ink resistant product, which is exactly what we hoped to find.”
Once a unit is completed and sent out for public use, the cleaning period has diminished by a wide margin. “We used to spend an hour or even two cleaning graffiti on each train car and now we are down to 10 minutes,” Jim explained.
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