Posts Tagged ‘RTA Blue Line’

RTA Rail Lines Closed by Flooding

August 15, 2014


The Blue and Green rail lines of the Greater Cleveland RTA were back in service Thursday morning after being flooded on Wednesday.

Service resumed at 4 a.m. Thursday said RTA spokeswoman Mary Shaffer. During the service interruption buses substituted for the trains.

Sections of the Green Line other than the Buckeye Woodhill Station were under water early Wednesday morning. Shaffer said the tracks have been cleared of debris and repaired. The rubble on the tracks included chunks of concrete.



June Shutdowns Set for Cleveland RTA Trains

June 5, 2014

Construction of the second new Innerbelt bridge in downtown Cleveland along with track rehabilitation will result in weekend shutdowns of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Red, Green and Blue rail lines in June.

Buses will replace trains on all three rail lines on June 7 and 8, and again on June 14 and 15 on routes operating east of the Tower City Rapid station.

Blue and Green line trains will continue to operate over the Waterfront Line on those dates.

Red Line service will also be curtailed on weekdays in June through the 22nd.

Between June 9 and 13, and between June 16 and 21, the Red Line will operate only between Tower City and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.  A special timetable dated June 7 will provide schedule information for operations during this period.

Red Line trains will operate only between Hopkins Airport and the Cedar-University station between June 22 and 29.

Normal Red Line service over the entire length of the route will resume on June 30.

Blue, Green and Waterfront trains will operate as normal during weekdays in June.

During the weekend shutdowns of the Red, Blue and Green lines east of Tower City workers will remove steel bridge beams that span RTA tracks.


Lee-Van Aken Rapid Station Being Rebuilt

June 5, 2014
Crumbling concrete is one of the many issues that RTA is addressing by rebuilding the station on the Blue Line at Lee Road. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

Crumbling concrete is one of the many issues that RTA is addressing by rebuilding the station on the Blue Line at Lee Road. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

Greater Cleveland RTA is rebuilding one of its busiest stations on the Blue Line in Shaker Heights.

Schirmer Construction of North Olmsted was awarded a $5.4 million contract to rebuild the Lee-Van Aken station.

Work began this spring and is expected to be completed in 18 months. The station remains open during the reconstruction. Approximately 80 percent of the project cost is being paid for with federal funds.

The Lee-Van Aken station was built in the 1920s when the original Shaker Rapid System was established.

The line was rebuilt in 1980-81 but no significant reconstruction has occurred since then.

Cleveland RTA Eyes Extending Red Line Eastward

March 23, 2013

Greater Cleveland RTA will study extending the Red Line or the Healthline beyond their current terminus of Windermere in East Cleveland and eastward toward Euclid.

The RTA board voted on March 19 to spend $1.1 million to examine the extension. The Red Line is a heavy rail line whereas the HealthLine uses dedicated buses that travel the route along Euclid Avenue between Public Square in downtown Cleveland and East Cleveland. The articulated buses are much longer than other RTA buses.

The study extension is the second that RTA is undertaking that may result in the rail system being lengthened.

Also being studied by RTA is a extension of the Blue Line light rail line from its current terminus east of Chagrin and Warrensville Road in Shaker Heights to a new station to be built south of that intersection. That project would cost $40 and includes express bus service from the new Blue Line terminus to park and ride lots located near Harvard Road and Interstate 271.

The possible Red Line extension will take two to three years to complete. It would be just one step in a long process that also includes finding funding for implementing any plan that RTA chooses to approve.

In a best case scenario, the project would not be finished for five to seven years. RTA General Manager Joe Calabrese said extending the Red Line isn’t likely in the current reality of tight federal budgets. Transit systems typically depend on federal money for big, new projects, he said.