The Greater Cleveland and Regional Transit Authority on Wednesday, September 19, broke ground for a new, fully accessible transit facility near Case Western Reserve University that will serve as one of Cleveland's busiest transit centers, serving the RTA Red Line train and Circle Link shuttle buses.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is providing more than $14 million for the project, including $10.5 million through DOT’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.
The GCRTA’s aging Cedar University Station, built in 1956, will be razed to make way for the new station, which will improve pedestrian and bicycle access and be fully compatible with the Americans with Disabilities Act, making it easier for people with disabilities to take transit. A portion of land surrounding the station will be converted into parkland. Construction is expected to be completed within two years.
“Cleveland deserves a modern, comfortable transit system that offers a desirable and reliable alternative to sitting in traffic or spending more money at the gas pump,” said Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff. “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.”
The total cost of the project is $18.5 million, with additional funds provided by local sources, including the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency and a group of local businesses led by the Cleveland Foundation, including University Circle Inc., Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic.