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Cleveland RTA Releases Details on Bus Network Revamp

December 26, 2020

A new route network recently made public by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will realign many bus routes with some gaining increased service and others being eliminated.

The new network, which will be implemented in June 2021, seeks to reduce or eliminate duplicate routes and repurpose some equipment.

The revamping generally sought to give priority to routes that serve major employers and education and health-care institutions.

As a result some routes will now have 15-minute headways and in some cases the need for transfers will be reduced. A headway is the time between scheduled bus runs.

RTA officials said in introducing the plan that it will provide better links between Cleveland and its suburbs by doubling the number of people who live within a half mile of a 15-minute service route.

Routes that will offer weekday 15-minute headways include West 25th Street, Lorain Avenue, Detroit Avenue, St. Clair Avenue, Superior Avenue, Euclid Avenue, Kinsman Road, East 105th Street, and the Union-Harvard route.

The change in service will largely end service with 20-, 40- or 45-minute headways in favor of 15- 30- or 60-minutes headways.

RTA will assign regular buses to areas now served by specialty Park-N-Ride buses and most downtown trolleys.

Park-N-Ride riders will still be able to park at lots in North Olmsted, Westlake and Strongsville and ride a bus to downtown Cleveland but there will no longer be stand-alone commuter service.

Instead the Park-N-Ride routes are being integrated into regular bus routes along Clifton Boulevard, and Pearl and Tiedeman roads.

The transit agency backed away from ending all downtown trolleys in favor of regular but frequent bus service, changing its mind in the face of public opposition.

RTA will continue offering a modified B-Line trolley route that includes service to the Warehouse District.

Other changes that RTA made in response to public comment include retaining current daytime service levels to the route between East 79th Street, Slavic Village and Steelyard Commons, the route that serves East 55th Street north of the rapid station, the Buckeye Road route, and the Prospect-Cedar avenues route.

It also retained the No. 81 route via West 25th Street and the link between the East 55th Street rapid station and the Slavic Village/Newburgh Heights area.

RTA officials said it will take about six months to change signs and bus route numbers as well as provide information to riders about the pending changes.