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Cleveland RTA Waterfront Line Getting Boost

February 2, 2013
A Cleveland RTA Waterfront car trundles out of South Harbor toward Tower City in October 2011. The route has been weekend only since 2010. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

A Cleveland RTA Waterfront car trundles out of South Harbor toward Tower City in October 2011. The route has been weekend only since 2010. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority is expected to restore daily rapid transit service to its Waterfront Line this spring. In a related development, the RTA board last week approved spending $375,200 to repair two stations on the line that have received little use since 2010.

The stations are located at Settler’s Landing and Main Avenue. The work involves replacing brick and concrete pavers, repairing glass shelter panels, and removing ticket booths that are no longer needed because passengers can purchase tickets aboard the trains.

The 2.2 mile Waterfront Line opened on July 10, 1996, amid a surge of optimism and drew more than a million riders in its first year of operation. But patronage began to dwindle as several businesses in the Flats closed their doors and planned economic developments never materialized.

In November 2008, RTA reduced service to weekday rush hour and weekend service. In April 2010, service fell to weekend only.

But things are looking for the Waterfront Line with the expected June opening of the first phase of the Flats East Bank project, which will feature an office building, 150-room hotel and several restaurants. More than a thousand employees are expected to work in the complex and RTA hopes that will boost ridership.

The project is being developed by Wolstein Group and Fairmount Properties.