Fact sheet: Brookpark Rapid Station

 Fact sheet: Brookpark Rapid Station
  • April 20, 1969: This Station was opened and celebrated as part of a four-mile extension of the heavy rail Red Line to the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The Red Line opened in the 1950s.
  • This historic extension to Hopkins was completed just 5 months earlier, Nov. 15, 1968, and was the first direct rail connection in the Western Hemisphere between a city center and an airport.
  • Brookpark boasts the highest ridership station on the Red Line outside of Tower City. It serves 1,400 customers daily, with 60 percent travelling to work and 20 percent to school.
  • With easy access to both I-480 and I-71, the Brookpark Station provides convenient connections to Downtown for commuters, and to Hopkins International Airport for workers and travelers.
  • The station features more than 1,300 free parking spaces and is the favorite rail station for sports fans attending Cleveland Indians, Cavs and Browns games.
  • Some 6.4 million riders use the Red Line each year. More than 750,000 customers were served by this station in 2016.
  • The new station is fully ADA compliant and includes reconstruction of a tunnel connecting the east and west entrances, a new elevator core, the rail platform, and passenger waiting areas.

The $16.5 million project began in 2015. Completed in August 2017, it includes:

  • New eastern and western entrances
  • New platform and canopies
  • A new entrance tunnel under the existing RTA and freight railroad tracks
  • New landscaping and expansive sidewalks
  • More comfortable passenger waiting areas, both inside and outside the station
  • Enhanced security
  • Additional lighting, security systems and cameras throughout the station and parking lots
  • Use of green/sustainability design principles
  • Convenient connections to the 22, 54, 78 and 86 bus routes