Ridership Increases 15% in 2016, Sets Record

Ridership Increases 15% in 2016, Sets Record

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) recorded the highest annual ridership in the history of the organization with 214,063 passengers in 2016.

CVSR has experienced continued year over year growth. The excursion railroad recorded the highest passenger counts of both its scenic excursions and special event trains in its 44 year history.

Ridership of the National Park Scenic excursions reached an all-time high at 117,478. CVSR’s popular Bike Aboard! program attracted 23,911 participants – another record for the railroad.

The Polar Express, a holiday tradition that has continued in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for 23 years, remains one of the most highly-demanded programs in the greater Cleveland area. This past year, more than 42,000 passengers climbed aboard the CVSR to experience the magic of the Polar Express.

“The staff and volunteers of CVSR are pleased that so many people chose our trains as a way to experience Cuyahoga Valley National Park,” said Kim Gillan-Shafron Vice President-Marketing & Community Alliances.

CVSR introduced a variety of special events, which have attracted visitors locally and nationally. In 2016, CVSR offered several new programs for families, including Read Aboard, the first summer reading program aboard the train and Royalty on the Rails and the Superhero train, excursions for children to meet and greet with their favorite characters on the train.

CVSR continues to offer popular beer and wine tastings each month, regular dining excursions, murder mystery trains and special four-course dinners; featuring renowned chefs and restaurants in Cleveland.

“Our diverse program offerings for all age groups and our dedicated volunteers were key drivers enabling our record year,” said President & CEO Craig Tallman.

Train rides resume January 21. The coach ticket, an all-day pass, is $15 for adults and $10 for children. View our train schedule under  National Park Scenic.


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Lynee Bixler