Cleveland’s ‘Rapid’ is growing again

A visual presentation is available (see below) on GCRTA's many developments, including new station construction projects, track construction improvements, transit-oriented developments, planned expansions and more.

There is much happening in Greater Cleveland, starting with growing ridership and improved finances that are allowing the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) to restore many cuts in service forced by and during the Great Recession.

To see the presentation on GCRTA’s recent and ongoing developments, click HERE (5.9 MB PDF download — after it opens, right-click on it and “Rotate Clockwise”).

Perhaps the most notable development is the Red Line (Airport-Windermere). On Dec. 9, service frequency on the Red Line improved to 15 minutes off-peak, and 7-8 minute service – between the Brookpark and Tower City stations — during rush hours.

The Red Line’s Airport tunnel is closed for a $10.1 million major overhaul for six months (started Nov. 27). All westbound Red Line trains will stop at the Brookpark Station, where riders can transfer to a shuttle bus for the short trip to Hopkins International Airport.

Another improvement to “The Rapid” is on the Blue and Green Lines to Shaker Heights. During rush hour, the Blue and Green Lines will each provide 10-minute service, with 5-minute service in the common area between Shaker Square and Tower City.

Another positive development is the return of daily service on the Waterfront Line (the downtown 2-mile extension of the Blue/Green Lines) in the spring, coinciding with the scheduled opening of the first phase of the $500 million Flats East Bank redevelopment through which the light-rail line passes. Ridership on this line was above projections in its first few years thanks to the old Flats East Bank entertainment district. But that district lost its popularity to the Warehouse District and rail ridership fell.

Don’t forget to check out the presentation HERE.

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