(Cleveland) - For the third straight year, ridership increased on buses and trains operated by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.

In 2013, overall ridership rose 2 percent, or about 1 million more rides, when compared to 2012. The largest ridership gains came in:

HealthLine, 5 percent, Red Line, 3 percent. The Red Line finished 2013 with its highest ridership total in more than 25 years.

"2013 was a great year," says Mary Shaffer, RTA spokeswoman. She tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 that road work, plus the completion of two major transit project help propel ridership to new highs.

In 2013, RTA ridership received a boost from Innerbelt construction, an influx of visitors for the National Senior Games, the opening of new attractions and hotels downtown, 24/7 service on New Year's Eve, and increased service on trolleys, buses and the Waterfront Line.

Red Line riders saw improved service, after RTA completed major track upgrades to the S-curve on the West Side, and the Airport tunnel.

Total trolley ridership in December 2013 was 107,444, an incredible 101 percent increase over December 2012. Average daily ridership was 4,900, nearly twice as much as last year. The largest growth can be seen on the NineTwelve trolley, which has increased more than 200 percent from last December.

(Photos by WTAM staff)

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