Cleveland RTA Opens New Blue Line Station

Cleveland RTA has completed the opening of a new station on the Blue Line in Shaker Heights at the intersection of Lee Road and Van Aken Boulevard.

Transit officials hailed the $5.4 million facility for its potential to spur economic development.

“This new station and the redevelopment of this entire neighborhood speak to the success of transit-oriented development and what it means to a region,” RTA Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Joe Calabrese. “Public transit is connecting the dots once again and spurring economic development that would not be realized otherwise.”

The station opened in phases, beginning in early October. RTA said about 80 percent of the project cost was paid for with federal funding.

The station is one of the most heavily-patronized on the Blue Line and complies with regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Among the station’s features are new passenger loading platforms and access, weather-protected vestibules and greater security.

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