The HealthLine is Cleveland's first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, serving the Euclid Corridor. It connects the two largest regional employment areas, Downtown and University Circle, and extends to the Louis Stokes Station at Windermere in East Cleveland.
With visitors from all over the world, RTA regularly showcases the $200 million HealthLine, the world-class standard for BRT. The HealthLine was named the 'Best' Bus Rapid Transit in North America by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, and was recognized for having the best return on investment for a transit project, regardless of mode, in the country.
The HealthLine delivered more than $6.3 billion in economic development along the Euclid Corridor -- a staggering $114 gained for every dollar spent on creating and launching the new service. The HealthLine:
- Includes 9.2 miles of roadway improvements on and adjacent to Euclid Avenue.
- Offers convenient, five-minute frequency service during peak travel periods and operates 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-per-week.
- Replaced 108 bus stops with 36 conveniently spaced stations and reduced travel time from 40 minutes to 28.
- Provides stylized 63-foot hybrid-electric Rapid Transit Vehicles with five sets of doors, located on both sides of the coach.
More than a name
RTA was the first transit system in the nation to sell naming rights sponsorships to its assets. The HealthLine is sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, two world-class medical centers and major employers on Euclid Avenue.
Ridership is booming. The HealthLine posted a 48 percent increase in year one, and served more than 5 million customers in 2014, a 4.7 percent increase over 2013.
In fact, in the six years (2008-2014) since opening, the HealthLine has served more than 29 million customers. Annual ridership has increased about 60 percent over the previous Number 6 bus line, which was RTA’s highest ridership bus line and was replaced by the HealthLine in 2008.
Rail-Like image: “Fast, simple, safe, first-class”
- High-frequency service
- Every 5 minutes, peak
- Every 8-15 minutes, off-peak
- 24/7 span of service
- Dedicated right-of-way with higher travel speed limits
- Precision docking
- Level boarding stations
- Traffic signal prioritization
- Off-board fare collection
- Real-time information displays
- Emergency call boxes
- Rail-like bell/horn
- HealthLine route page
- 36 stations (reduced from 108 bus stops)
- 24 hybrid-electric vehicles with doors on both sides
- 90 percent fewer emissions than standard buses
- Bike lanes
- Landscaping/hardscape treatment with 1,500 irrigated trees
- Integrated/stand-alone public art
$6 billion in economic development along the Euclid Corridor
The HealthLine has been credited with having the highest return-on-investment of any public transit project in the nation, leveraging $114 for every transit dollar invested. Included is:
- $62 million generated in local taxes
- $180 million invested by Cleveland State University
- $500 million invested by University Hospital
- $350 million invested by Cleveland Museum of Art
- $506 million invested by Cleveland Clinic Heart Center
- $27.2 million invested by Museum of Contemporary Art
- 4,000 + new residential units
- 7.9 million square feet in commercial development
- 13,000 new jobs
- Grand Award: American Council of Engineering Companies, 2010
- Award for Excellence: Urban Land Institute, 2011
- Best in North America: Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, 2013
"Bus rapid transit...can not only spur development, but can do so far more efficiently than light rail and streetcars, according to a study due out later this month from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy."