MetroHealth Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

25Connects project has entered the design and engineering phase, focusing on transforming West 25th Street Corridor.

GCRTA is thrilled to share that 25Connects is now entering the design and engineering phase. The newly named MetroHealth Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project will advance the engineering and design of the infrastructure improvements from the 25Connects study to transform the West 25th Street (United States Route 42) corridor into reliable transit corridor that improves transportation services, infrastructure, multi-modal access, and economic development in an equitable manner.  The project will strive to:

  • Improve service to GCRTA customers by increasing transit system efficiency through reducing travel time, making transit more accessible, and congestion reduction.
  • Promote long term, equitable economic development, and growth along the West 25th corridor by focusing on land use policies and regulations favoring Transit Oriented Development that encourages investment around transit facilities.
  • Enhance the quality of life for those visiting, working, or living in the West 25th Street corridor. This includes increasing the quality and safety of the pedestrian environment by improving connections for all modes in an equitable manner while minimizing negative potential effects to the corridor population.

In keeping with the active engagement begun under 25Connects, it is important to GCRTA that community voices continue to influence the work. To complete this phase of the project, GCRTA has engaged Michael Baker International as the design firm. They have partnered with City Architecture and Young Latino Network (YLN). YLN’s ongoing work along the corridor, in multiple neighborhoods, helps ensure equitable and culturally competent engagement influences the MetroHealth Line BRT project.

A community open house will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2024, 5:30pm - 7:30pm at The Pivot Center

This project will be funded through a variety of funding sources, including, but not limited to, FTA Small Starts and Formula funding, State ODOT TRAC or other funds, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) funding, GCRTA capital funds, and other local funds.

Budget (millions of dollars)
YearActivityGCRTA Local MatchODOT TRACFTA Section 5307FTA Small StartsTOTAL
2023Engineering & NEPA$0.5 $2.0 $2.5
2024Right-of-Way (ROW)$0.4 $1.6 $2.0
2025Construction$6.7$12.0$4.8$10.0$33.5
2026Construction$2.5  $10.0$12.5
TOTAL $10.1$12.0$8.4$20.0$50.5

Schedule:

  • Winter 2023
    Kickoff
    completed
  • Spring 2024 - Winter 2025
    Concept Design/NEPA Studies
  • Summer/Fall 2024
    60% Design
  • Winter/Spring 2025
    90% Design
  • Spring/Summer 2025
    100% Design
  • Fall/Winter 2025/2026
    Doc for Bidding/Bid Services
  • Spring 2026 - Fall 2027
    Construction

Highlights:

  • NEPA Documentation
  • Community outreach/engagement
  • Curbside stations
  • ADA adjustments for station access
  • Lane configuration adjustments
  • Traffic signal phasing & timings
  • Transit Signal Priority (TSP) operation
  • Urban Design
  • Coordinate with existing pedestrian and bicycle connections

Consultants: