Feb 14, 2013
A rendering of the new station

CLEVELAND -- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will hold a public meeting to discuss the Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposed $17.5 million Little Italy - Little Italy Rapid Transit Station. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Holy Rosary Church Hall, 12021 Mayfield Road, Cleveland.

Links to the EA documents can be found here and will be available for review at various locations, including a number of public libraries.

RTA prepared the assessment with Michael Baker, Jr. Inc. and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The public can review the Environmental Assessment for 30 days, from Feb. 11 - March 13. Comments made during that time will become a part of the official record. Comments can be mailed to Maribeth Feke, Director of Planning & Programming, RTA, 1240 West 6th Street, Cleveland, OH  44113.  E-mail comments can be sent to Valerie Webb, vwebb@gcrta.org, or call 216-566-5260.

Funding

RTA was awarded a $12.5 million grant for the construction and design of the new station from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the FTA. The funding comes from the TIGER III program, which is designated to improve U.S. infrastructure. The proposed Red Line station will replace the station now located at E. 120th Street and Euclid Avenue.  The new location will be at E. 119th Street and Mayfield Road, near the bustling Little Italy neighborhood.

Additional funding for the design of the area around the station was secured from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), Little Italy, The Cleveland Foundation, University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.

Background

RTA provides quality, economic and safe public transportation via rail, bus and Paratransit throughout Cuyahoga County. Check www.riderta.com for timetables, schedules and route information, or call the RTAnswerline at 216-621-9500.