CLEVELAND -- Rapid riders should be aware of major changes at the popular Brookpark Rapid Station, including the relocation of the bus loop. The station, operated by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), straddles the Cleveland-Brookpark border.
As part of the renovation of that facility, the smaller parking lot on the station’s west side will close from Thursday-Sunday, June 25-28, so crews can re-stripe and reconfigure parking spaces.
When the west side lot re-opens on Monday, June 29, it will be the new bus loop area. Each weekday, about 56 buses on routes 22, 54, 78 and 86 serve the station.
Only ADA customers will be permitted to park in the 40+ ADA spaces. All other customers should park in the large east side parking lot.
This move will free up space on the station’s east side for staging construction equipment.
Station tunnel demolished
Before Aug. 1, the station tunnel will be demolished. Customers will use a new sidewalk being built along Brookpark Road to reach the west side entrance. A 4-foot wooden barrier wall will protect customers from vehicle spray.
New signs will be posted, and RTA staff will be on hand to help customers.
The new $11.3 million facility is expected to open in mid-2016. RTA’s goal is to keep the station open during construction.
Rapid customers can also use two nearby stations – Puritas and Triskett. Each has excess parking capacity.