Euclid Corridor Transportation Project

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the benefits of the project?

  • More efficient transit service and travel time savings along Euclid Avenue.
  • Improved access between Downtown Cleveland and University Circle.
  • Increased pedestrian safety.
  • Improved streetscapes including public art, new lighting, landscaping, and passenger stations.
  • Increased service frequency.


What are the components of the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project (ECTP)?

  • A Rapid Transit System (RTS) using environmentally friendly vehicles.
  • A Downtown Transit Zone with exclusive and reserved bus lanes on St. Clair and Superior Avenues.
  • Bike lanes from Cleveland State University to Case Western Reserve University.


What is the Euclid Corridor Vehicle (ECV)?

The proposed ECV will be an environmentally friendly diesel-electric vehicle that is approximately 62 feet long and has rubber tires. It will operate using clean burning low sulfur fuel and meet all EPA standards. The ECV will resemble many modern high-speed trains used throughout the world.


What is the route of the ECV?

The vehicles will travel from Public Square in Downtown Cleveland along Euclid Avenue to the Stokes Rapid Transit Station at Windermere in East Cleveland, with approximately 36 stations along the route. More than nine miles of roadways will be rehabilitated, including 6.7 miles on Euclid Avenue.


What is a Rapid Transit System (RTS)?

  • Exclusive vehicle lanes for the ECV.
  • Fast loading/unloading low-floor vehicles, which are ADA accessible.
  • Efficient transit service through off-board fare collection
  • Increased frequency service


Where will the East Side Transit Center be located?

The East Side Transit Center would be located near the CSU Convocation Center near East 21st Street and Prospect Avenue. This will allow RTA customers to wait and transfer to and from various transit routes in a clean, safe, and climate-controlled environment.


How will Euclid Avenue look different?

Imagine Euclid Avenue as a transit-friendly, tree-lined street, served by environmentally friendly vehicles. Euclid Avenue will have new sidewalks, a tree lined raised median, new bus stations, pedestrian lighting, and bike paths between Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University. These improvements will help to re-establish the attractiveness and importance of the many cultural and historical sites along Euclid Avenue.


What will it cost to ride?

The cost to ride on the vehicle will be comparable to current bus fares on Route 6 along Euclid Avenue.

How would current RTA bus service change as a result of the project along Euclid Avenue?

The new vehicles will replace the existing Route 6 buses on Euclid Avenue from Public Square to the Stokes Rapid Transit Station at Windermere. Regular motor coach buses would operate along Euclid Avenue east of the Stokes station.

The only additional changes to the existing bus routes will be as a result of the Transit Zone along Euclid Avenue between Public Square and East 17th Street. Routes 7, 9, and 32 will be diverted to the St. Clair/Superior Downtown Transit Zone via north-south streets, instead of continuing along Euclid Avenue to Public Square.


What is the ECTP Timeline?

1997-2000 – Systems Planning and Conceptual Engineering
2000-2001 – Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Review
2002-2005 - Final Design
2005-2008 – Construction
Mid 2008 – Daily Rapid Transit Service


What is being done to protect historic structures along the Euclid Corridor?

As part of the environmental planning process, over 500 buildings along Euclid Avenue from Public Square to East Cleveland have been surveyed. RTA has worked with the Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OHPO) to ensure that all historic structures were properly identified and evaluated.


Are there any archaeological sites within the Euclid Corridor?

GCRTA is working with the Ohio Historic Preservation Office to develop a predictive model that will be used to identify, test and evaluate archaeological resources that may be affected by the project.