May 27, 2009
CLEVELAND – A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for a new $9.6 million Red Line rail station at 4200 W. 150th St. and Puritas Avenue. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, other elected officials, and neighborhood leaders attended.
The station, operated by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), is one of the first significant projects in Ohio to benefit from federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
- May – 18 months of construction begins
- Fall 2010 – Work will be completed.
The station – a key West Side location with direct access to I-71 and Hopkins International Airport -- will remain open throughout construction.
Built in 1966, it is an important hub and connection to several RTA bus routes:
About 900 people board at the station daily, placing the station as one of RTA’s top five for Red Line ridership. Ridership is expected to increase when Inner Belt construction begins.
- A 2,500-square foot main entrance building with a brick grand foyer and a rounded portico outlined in sandstone.
- A 30-foot tower and two elevators for ADA access.
- A 130-foot bridge that brings passengers over the Rapid tracks to the boarding platform.
- A smaller, secondary entrance on the residential West 154th Street.
- Public art, including a ceramic tile mosaic inside the main building by Dr. Murphy Ajayi. Functional art will include seating, lighting and fence details by a collaboration of artists.
By law, federal stimulus money must be used for capital improvements, and cannot be used for operating expenses.
Media Contact: Jerry Masek, 216-566-5211