RTA Opens New Cedar-University Station

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority on Thursday opened its new $18.5 million Cedar-University station on the Red Line.

The new facility replaces a nearby station that was more than 50 years old and had become outdated. One Red Line patron described that station as always dirty and wet.

RTA officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony late Thursday morning to open the new station.

The new station complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act standards for public access and concentrates bus and rail service on the north side of Cedar Road.

Funding of the new station was largely provided by the federal government with support from a partnership of University Circle-area institutions, including Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, and the Cleveland Foundation.

They pooled money to develop plans for the station and to address other transportation issues in the University Circle area.

The new Cedar-University rail station will improve the link between downtown Cleveland and University Circle, said Bob Eckardt, executive vice president at the Cleveland Foundation.

“Making it a significant front door to the whole neighborhood is critical,” he said.

RTA is also overhauling the nearby Red Line station in Little Italy, a project expected to cost $17.5 million.

At Case Western Reserve, administrator John Wheeler said many of the school’s 10,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff ride RTA to campus.

“A more attractive, welcoming station not only encourages members of the university community to use public transportation, but to really explore the city,” said Wheeler, senior vice president for administration.

The Red Line extends for 19 miles between the Louis Stokes Station at Windermere in East Cleveland and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The airport extension, which opened in 1968, was the first rail/air linkup in the United States.

 

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