Officials from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) joined local Cleveland officials, as well as representatives from the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority on Aug. 28 for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Cleveland's Cedar-University Rapid Station.
The new station is now ADA compliant and GCRTA officials said it that will make it easier for transit riders to connect to bus and rail services at one of the city’s busiest transfer locations. Work on the $20-milion reconstruction began in 2012 and the project was funded by a $10.5-million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant, which was awarded in 2010. FTA also provided $5.5-million in other funds for the project.
The new station, near Case Western Reserve University, replaces an aging rail station and bus terminal, built in 1956, with a modern facility that significantly improves access for pedestrians and people with disabilities. The project included complete reconstruction of the rail station and relocation of the bus terminal to the north side of Cedar Glen, eliminating the need for street crossings and enhancing pedestrian connections between the bus terminal and rail station.
“Cleveland deserves a safe, efficient and reliable transit system that meets the needs of its riders, and provides easy and affordable access to jobs and other opportunities throughout Cuyahoga County,” said Acting FTA Administrator Therese McMillan. “This project helps to ensure that University Circle remains a vibrant, attractive neighborhood offering good transportation choices to hard-working families, students, and other residents.”