2014 First Metro Green Line
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (4th District) with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Region 5 Regional Administrator Marisol Simon on the first Metro Green Line train on June 14th, 2014. Formerly known as the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit project, this $957 million dollar project received a 50% contribution from the FTA for 18 new stations along an 11 mile route connecting Downtown St. Paul to Downtown Minneapolis.
2014 Ohio Public Transit Association (OPTA) Annual Conference
left to right: Marisol Simon, Regional Administrator, FTA Region 5
Joseph A. Calabrese, CEO, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA)
Marianne E. Freed, Administrator, Office of Transit, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)
James Gee, General Manager, Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority (TARTA) & President of OPTA
Joseph Calabrese accepts the ‘Leonard Ronis Excellence in Transit Award” from OPTA
University Circle Cedar Station (TIGER 2), July 2014 – Ribbon Cutting at end of August 2014
Funded partially through a TIGER II grant, this project includes not only the reconstruction of the rail station building and platform, but also the associated bus transfer loop and slip ramps. One of the highest transfer points within the system, it is a critical node for efficient transit operations in GCRTA’s system. Relocating the bus loop will eliminate crossings for university students and reduce crossings for high school students by over 50% and improves pedestrian connection and safety. It will bring the station into a state of good repair, make it ADA accessible and eliminate significant non-preventative maintenance costs. The front rail station (above) is pictured along with a close up of the main entrance with Susan Orona, FTA, Mike Shipper, GCRTA Deputy General Manager, Engineering & Project Management, and Tracey Loeber, PMOC.
University Circle Little Italy Station (TIGER 3), July 2014
This station is partially funded through TIGER III funds. The newly constructed rapid transit station (RTS) will be located on the Red Line and will replace the current station located at E. 120th / Euclid Avenue. The station will be built approximately 1,200 feet to the south on an existing concrete vault and will involve the rehabilitation of existing rail bridges over Mayfield Road between E 117th and E 119th streets at the west end of the Little Italy neighborhood. The eastbound track will be relocated so that a single station building and center platform can be located between the eastbound and westbound tracks. The associated track work, bridge rehabilitation/move, retaining walls and embankment have been designed to minimize property acquisition and construction, operation and maintenance costs. The station relocation is necessary for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to maintain a state-of-good repair, to provide a safe and secure station environment, and to better serve adjacent Little Italy neighborhood and employment centers with better connectivity. Image depicts the elevator and stairwell taken from the platform.
Clifton Blvd BRT, July 2014
Partially funded through a Bus & Bus Livability grant. The dense population of Cleveland and Lakewood adjacent to Clifton Boulevard make the artery ideal for transit service. GCRTA, united with the cities of Cleveland and Lakewood, intends to carry out plans to make Clifton Boulevard more pedestrian friendly and visually pleasant with a landscaped median and upgraded curbside stations for transit customers. GCRTA wishes to create a family of attractive curbside stations within the neighborhood context by making them integral parts of their respective communities. They were designed to reflect the architectural characteristics of their neighborhoods in concert with residents and stakeholders of these communities. The stations reflect current practices in urban design, sustainability and incorporate appropriate green technology. All of the above improvements aim to encourage economic investment along the corridor. Scheduled to open November 2014. Photos reflect the sidewalk enhancements along with a bus shelter, which when completed will include real time information.
Cincinnati Streetcar Project, August 2014
Construction of the Cincinnati Streetcar project is progressing on schedule. These pictures show the progress of the maintenance & operating facility. Revenue service for the Streetcar project is scheduled for September 2016.