Nov 1, 2005
CLEVELAND – Officials of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) today dedicated a $25 million state-of-the-art bus garage on Cleveland’s West Side. They cut a ribbon and announced the winners of an employee photo contest. Winners will be displayed in the garage as the public art component.
Operations at the new Triskett Garage began Aug. 28. An open house for staff and neighbors was held Sunday.
The building reflects many suggestions made by RTA employees when architects started to design the structure almost five years ago.
The facility, visible from I-90, is located at 13405 Lakewood Heights Blvd., on the Cleveland-Lakewood border, near the Triskett rapid station. The previous facility closed March 17, 2003. Since that time, Triskett operators used the Woodhill garage.
- 25 bus routes.
- Serves Cleveland’s West Side and Western Cuyahoga County.
- Serves popular Park-N-Ride lots in Westlake and North Olmsted
- 500+ employees.
- 205 buses.
One feature that the neighbors are sure to enjoy: as the buses pull in, they are fueled and washed inside the garage, a move made possible by the larger facility and better ventilation.
The garage features:
- A traffic signal for bus pullout on Lakewood Heights Blvd.
- Three bus wash machines that recycle 80 percent of the water.
- A backup electric generator.
- Elevator to the second-floor administrative offices.
- A dedicated corridor for operators to use in the bus area, thus increasing safety.
- A central locker and shower area for operators.
- Rubberized tile floors to increase safety, durability and maintenance.
- Architecture that matches the adjacent Triskett Rapid Station.
- 225,000 square feet, up from the 150,000 square feet in the former garage.
- Enclosed parking lot for increased security.
- A unique open dispatch area.
- A larger employee lounge with an outdoor patio.
- Articulated lifts that can handle up to 75,000 pounds of bus.
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