Posts Tagged ‘Rapid transit’

In the Loop

July 2, 2021

 Shaker Heights Rapid Transit PCC cars are inside the Van Aken loop in Shaker Heights in May 1973. Today most of these tracks are gone and Greater Cleveland RTA Blue Line cars do not turn around at the Van Aken station.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Cleveland RTA Red Line Station Temporarily Closing

March 25, 2020

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will close on April 1 the East 79th Street Rapid station on the Red Line due to new station construction.

A service advisory said the station would be closed until summer 2021.

Passengers bound for the area served by the station should consult the trip planner on rideRTA.com or call the RTAnswerline at 216-621-9500 for information about alternative transportation options.

GCTRA Completes Building Green Line Station

October 19, 2017

Renovation of the Lee-Shaker station on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Green Line has been completed.

The $11.7 million upgrade involved removing and replacing the original platform and waiting shelters.

Workers also installed new lighting, signs, railings and a safety security system with cameras and emergency call boxes.

The work began in October 2016 and the station remained open during the construction work.

In a news release, RTA said the renovations make the station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“This station, as well as other recent renovations on both our light- and heavy-rail lines, are examples of RTA’s significant investment in our robust rail infrastructure,” said GCRTA CEO and General Manager Joe Calabrese.

RTA to Dedicate Rebuilt Station on Aug. 28

August 22, 2014

Completion of the $18.5 million rebuilding of the Cedar-University station on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s Red line will be observed on Aug. 28

Acting Federal Transit Administrator Therese McMillan is expected to attend the ceremonies.

Formerly known as the University Circle Rapid Station, rebuilding of the station began in September 2012. The project was funded in part by a $10.5 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery II grant.

The station remained open during the project. RTA said this is one of the highest transfer points in its network. From the station, commuters can walk to Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals, take the Red Line rail service to downtown or to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, or transfer to a bus.

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.