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Old November 19th, 2010, 09:51 PM   #41
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Old November 19th, 2010, 09:57 PM   #42
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Renderings of the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center, which will serve as a bus hub for Downtown Cleveland.





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Old November 21st, 2010, 11:34 PM   #43
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Construction of a new 5 million dollar rapid station (Metro rail) on West 117th street.


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Old November 22nd, 2010, 04:35 PM   #44
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There is also an abandoned metro line in Cleveland. I believe part of it runs underneath a bridge.
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 06:34 PM   #45
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There is also an abandoned metro line in Cleveland. I believe part of it runs underneath a bridge.
There sure is. It runs along the underdeck of the Veterans Memorial Bridge, and in that area. There is a great pictorial and walking tour here:
http://queencitydiscovery.blogspot.c...cleveland.html

However, it was a streetcar subway rather than a real metro like the red line. Similar abandoned systems can be found in Cincinnati and Rochester. Although, this one actually ran until around 1954, which rather makes it a travesty that it is now closed. At least Cleveland escaped the worst of the transit closures of the USA in the 1950s-1970s.

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Old May 20th, 2011, 01:17 PM   #46
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Cleveland RTA opens $9.6M renovated transit station

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) opened the doors of its new $9.6 million state-of-the-art Puritas Rapid Transit Station on Tuesday.

The design of the reconstructed station stemmed from input from the local community, to include both residential and commercial aspects. Part of the design funding came from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) grant, and is the first completed TLCI project.

RTA worked collaboratively with Bellaire-Puritas Development Corp., the Kamms Corner Development Corp., and City of Cleveland Councilmen Martin Sweeney and Martin J. Keane on this station. Construction funding came from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).

The reconstructed station features a red brick entrance at Puritas Avenue and a smaller, residential style entrance at West 154th Street. Its 6,500 square foot main building has a grand foyer and rounded portico, along with a 130-foot bridge connecting passengers to the train’s platform. Parking includes nearly 600 parking spaces, with a row of dedicated overnight spaces, where customers can leave their cars at no charge for up to seven days.

The Puritas Rapid Transit Station has typically been one of RTA’s top five stations for ridership on the Red Line, due to ample parking and easy access from I-71. With gas prices rising and summer construction season underway, RTA anticipates the reconstructed station to be busy; bustling with commuters.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 09:44 PM   #47
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Cleveland's a mighty fun town. Well done, Cleveland!
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 07:26 PM   #48
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I am not being defensive. Not to be offensive, but your comment was pretty silly. For we know, the Red Line probably had great frequencies when it opened in the 50's.
The Red Line was in the works since the 1920s, actually, with its completion delayed by the Depression and WWII.

The potential of the Red Line was the victim of the socioeconomic transformation that took place on Cleveland's East Side. Up until the 1950s, the East Side was a densely populated area, and considered the "good part" of town compared to the working-class West Side; it was predominantly middle-class, and also included some very wealthy areas. However, the outward migration of Cleveland's black community, and the socioeconomic transformation that followed, changed that. It's the opposite of what happened in Buffalo, where the black population grew towards the northeast, through working-class and lower-middle class neighborhoods, rather than the wealthier areas of the West Side and North Buffalo.

If Cleveland's African-American community originally settled on the West Side, the region would be a much different place. Imagine no Hough riots, middle-class neighborhoods on the East Side mostly remaining as such, and Lakewood and East Cleveland swapping reputations. There would likely be less sprawl into Lake County, and more development in Lorain and Medina counties.

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The Van Sweringen brothers, famous for their railroad holdings and the development of Shaker Heights, originally had a far more ambitious vision for their planned community east of Cleveland. Shaker Heights was supposed to extend all the way to the Chagrin River, about 10 miles east of Shaker Square and 16 miles east of downtown Cleveland. The eastern portion of Shaker Heights was to be known as Shaker Country Estates. While most of Shaker Heights was developed as a community for Cleveland's old-money upper-middle-class and wealthy, Shaker Country Estates was over the top in comparison, with very large (5-10 acre through-block) lots and amenities such as country clubs, polo grounds, and so on.

The major streets of Shaker Country Estates were built, with provisions for expansion of the Shaker Boulevard rapid transit line. The transit line was to extend down Shaker Boulevard to Gates Mills Boulevard, where it would turn to the northeast, and follow the median of the broad street to a distant loop that would have been the location of the transit system's yard.



The farthest the Shaker Boulevard transit line would be built was Green Road. Provisions for its extension several miles beyond its current terminus are still in place, though.

Cleared and graded ROW in Shaker Heights







On to what is now today the City of Pepper Pike



And down Gates Mills Boulevard in the City of Gates Mills







There were also plans to extend the Van Aken line to Chagrin Falls.

Only a very small part of Shaker Country Estates was ever built. Since then, the land has been replatted, but much remains of the old plans; major streets, patches of asphalt and concrete providing evidence of "orphan streets" that remained after replatting, and the provisions for a much more expansive transit system.

One small portion of Shaker Country Estates: then

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Now. Somewhat similar street plan, but much smaller lots.

[IMG]http://i38.************/2q1sc60.jpg[/IMG]

The Vans predicted that Shaker Country Estates would be built out by 1950. The area only approached buildout in the late 1990s, and there are still many vacant lots.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #49
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Old May 19th, 2012, 11:42 AM   #50
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RTA wins $12.5 million grant for new rapid station at Mayfield and East 119th

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority officials have landed a $12.5 million grant to relocate and build a rapid station near the city's hottest redevelopment spot.

The new station at Mayfield Road and East 119th Street will be a short walk to the Uptown residential-retail development and the new home of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

They're both under construction in University Circle's Triangle District, bounded by Euclid Avenue, Mayfield and rail lines.

The station will brighten the dark underpass and railway that form a barrier between Little Italy to the east and University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University to the west.

"Happy dance, I'm doing the happy dance!" Maribeth Feke, RTA's top planner, yipped when told of the grant award Wednesday morning.

RTA had to compete for the grant, among dozens nationwide totaling $527 million announced this week under the U. S. Department of Transportation's TIGER program.

DOT targets the grants for "road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives," according to the agency website.

The grant was announced by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's office.

"Increased public transportation options will only further boost University Circle's attractiveness to small-business owners, young people and homeowners," Brown said in a news release.

RTA will invest millions of dollars in the project, which has an estimated cost of $17. 5 million

Expenses include designing the station, which is 30 percent complete; building it; and renovating two bridges that carry the RTA tracks.

Construction could start in early 2013.

The sleek, glassy station features a center platform between the Red Line tracks, plans showed.

The station will replace a foreboding one to the north, at East 120th and Euclid Avenue. That station does not meet federal codes requiring access for the disabled.

"Our application was all about connections," Feke said. "That's why we got [the grant]."

New construction nearby, and the lack of parking in a University Circle area dense with jobs and residents, heightened the need for a better and strategically located transit stop, officials said.

RTA said that paying for and crafting the design is a collaboration with the Cleveland Foundation, Little Italy, CWRU and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, a multicounty group that plans and prioritizes transportation projects.

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Old May 21st, 2012, 04:47 AM   #51
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I believe Cleveland also has an abandonded subway that traveled on a bridge's lower deck.
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Old May 21st, 2012, 07:52 PM   #52
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If it traveled on a bridge then it wasn't a subway.
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I believe Cleveland also has an abandonded subway that traveled on a bridge's lower deck.
Yep,
You can read more about it here: http://queencitydiscovery.blogspot.c...cleveland.html

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If it traveled on a bridge then it wasn't a subway.
It was part of the metro system, and had parts underground and on the bridge. you can see parts of the underground portions in the pictures linked above. Also, subway is a generic term for metro in the USA.

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If it traveled on a bridge then it wasn't a subway.
You're kidding right?
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Greater Cleveland RTA Red Line Trains to Get an Interior Makeover in 2013

If you've ever taken a ride on the Rapid Transit, you likely noticed the trains' outdated interior. That will soon change, and in 2013 the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will spend $2.5 million to remodel the interiors on its heavily used Red Line trains. RTA will install new floors, windows, seats, and lighting inside the 40 Red Line train cars. They'll also make more space for bikes, wheelchairs, strollers and luggage.

The Red Line, which runs between Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and East Cleveland, had the exterior and mechanics of its trains remodeled over the course of the past decade at an expense of $25 million. Each car will take about two weeks to remodel, and crews will work on two cars at a time.

The orange, brown and tan color scheme that the Red Line trains currently sport will be replaced with the same blue and grey color scheme of the cars on the Blue and Green train lines. The vinyl seats will be swapped out for cloth seats with more padding, and four seats will be removed from each train to clear more space for bikes. The redesign of the Red Line trains' interior was based on customer feedback and RTA's Citizens Advisory Board.

The entire remodeling process will take about a year.
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Good work Cleveland.

Cleveland seems to have escaped the devestation of the transit system that inflicted so much damage to many other US cities. Cleveland's ridership levels have been on a very positive trajectory in the last 4 years and this will help by making the Red Line more user friendly. Cleveland has also proven that Americans will use a BRT station when amentities, streetscape improvements, priority lanes, good frequency, and POP are part of the question. Cleveland's Healthline has gotten a lot of distain from the LRT lobby for it's success at a lower cost.

As for this "subway using a bridge" not being a real subway that is rubbish. Toronto's Bloor subway uses the Bloor Street Viaduct by having the tracks underneath the viaduct itself. The subway bridge was built decades before the subway was even considered but it was a very forward thinking move and saved the city a small fortune.
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Cleveland has the best mass transit in Ohio as far as I know. Cincinnati and Columbus(the other major Ohio cities)don't have any mass transit. Hell, Columbus doesn't even have an Amtrak station! I think it's because the state of Ohio is rank near bottom in terms of state funding to transit, but funding to mass transit is big problem in the US unfortunately.
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Some of pics take by me last july in Cleveland.

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