Cleveland has $90 million worth of active station projects along its 50-mile rapid transit system (37 miles rail, 13 miles Bus Rapid Transit or BRT). In fact, there are more station projects moving forward simultaneously now than perhaps at any time in the 40-year history of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA).
Of the 52 rail stations in the GCRTA rail system, replacing or relocating 11 of them is in various stages of project development (ie: design, funding procurement, bidding, construction). This doesn’t include the $18.5 million reconstruction of the Cedar-University Circle station which re-opened Aug. 28, 2014.
Only one station site is new – Little Italy-University Circle. It replaces a poorly sited station (Euclid-East 120th) for a location at Mayfield Road where it’s helping to spur the $200 million Uptown and Intesa developments. Most station projects are to keep the system in a state of good repair and/or to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
These are the 11 station projects listed in order of total cost (graphics for each station follow that station’s listing):
Tower City Center (located on Red/Blue/Green/Waterfront lines) – total projected cost is $25 million – Work will start this summer and continue into 2016 on replacing Tracks 7 and 8 costing $7 million with slab tracks like what was done in the airport tunnel and station in 2013 (SEE PHOTO). The old Shaker station’s track 7 will be used temporarily for most westbound trains for the next two years.
Little Italy-University Circle (Red Line) – $17.5 million – This station is due to open this year, resulting in the replacement and closure of the Euclid-East 120th station. It involved relocating the eastbound track on a new bridge over Mayfield Road to insert the platform between the tracks.
Brookpark (Red Line) – $16.5 million – Contracts were awarded in March to start construction this year. This station is GCRTA’s second busiest after Tower City Center.
East 79th (Red Line) – $12 million – Design and construction funding procurement has begun for this station. All Aboard Ohio dropped its objection to rebuild this station at its current, remote location when GCRTA and the city joined up to develop transit-supportive land-use plans for the surrounding area.
East 116th (Blue/Green lines) – $6.3 million – Design of a modern, ADA-compliant, two-level station is nearing completion and construction is due to start in 2016.
Lee-Van Aken (Blue Line) – $5.4 million – Construction is underway to replace this two-level station with an ADA-compliant facility and should be finished in about 20 months.
East 34th-Campus ( Red/Blue/Green lines) – $3.4 million – Design of a modern, ADA-compliant station is nearing completion and construction is due to start by 2017.
East 105th-Quincy (Red Line) – $4 million – All Aboard Ohio successfully urged tripling the length of the tiny station platform and adding an access point from East 105th (serving the New Economy Village development) as part of the Opportunity Corridor boulevard (underway). The Ohio Department of Transportation is funding 80 percent of the cost.
Farnsleigh (Blue Line) – $0.225 million – The station is being retrofitted with an ADA-compliant ramp onto trains. Will support the $75 million first phase of the Van Aken District development by RMS Investment Corp. in Shaker Heights.
Warrensville (Blue Line) – $0.2 million – Also getting new ADA ramps and will also support the adjacent Van Aken District development.
Lee-Shaker (Green Line) – $0.2 million – Also getting new ADA ramps.
For updates or more information about these and other Cleveland rail system capital improvements, please visit the GCRTA Major Projects page.