CLEVELAND – The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) celebrated the completion of the newly renovated Brookpark Station on the Red Line with a ribbon cutting today.
The $16.5 million project began in 2015 and involved a complex new structure, including a new tunnel under the existing RTA and freight railroad tracks that connects the east and west entrances.
“The station is now modern, accessible, convenient, safe and first class,” said RTA CEO and General Manager, Joe Calabrese, who was joined by RTA Board President George Dixon; Cleveland City Councilman Martin Keane; Brook Park Mayor and former RTA Board member Thomas Coyne; and Federal Transit Administration's Nichole Neal.
“Our customers love that this station is big, it’s bright, and has an open feel, they love the use of glass and bright lights, and they truly appreciate the amenities.
“No doubt that the changes we made here make it easier for our 6 million Red Line rail customers to get where they need to go,” Calabrese said.
RTA serves more than 750,000 customers each year at Brookpark, and it is RTA’s busiest station for daily commuters.
“It’s also busy for special events, because of the convenient location and quick access to Downtown,” Calabrese said.
"It has become one of our customers' favorite places to park and board the Red Line to head Downtown to see the Indians, Cavs and the Browns, or to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The ride on the Red Line has definitely become part of the fun of attending an event Downtown.”
In fact, 200 trains each day arrive and depart from the station, and draw more customers from around the region than any other rail station. Customers come not just from Cuyahoga County, but from Lorain and Medina counties, as well.
“We made sure that this station has ample parking to serve all those customers,” he said. As part of the renovation, RTA is currently resurfacing the west lot, and crews renovated the east lot prior to construction. In total, the Brookpark Station provides 1,300 parking spaces.
The Brookpark Station is the second last West Side stop on the Red Line, just before the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Station. It is located on the border of the City of Cleveland and the City of Brook Park.
The new ADA-compliant station has:
- new eastern and western entrances
- convenient bus interface where 3 bus routes connect to and from the Red Line.
- expansive sidewalks and entrances with new landscaping
- enhanced passenger waiting areas, both inside and outside the station
- additional and abundant lighting, security systems and cameras throughout the station
- additional emergency call boxes in the station and parking lots
- a new rail platform
- real-time information signage so you know when the next train is arriving
- 1,300 parking spaces