Mar 26, 2020

An aerial rendering of the new E 79 Red Line station (click for a larger image)CLEVELAND, OH -- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is beginning construction on the Red Line’s East 79th Street Station beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The station will be closed until construction is complete, which is expected by August, 2021.

Riders wishing to access this area should make alternative travel plans by using the trip planner on or calling the RTAnswerline (216) 621-9500.

About the Project

The East 79th Street Station is the last “key station” to be reconstructed in compliance with the American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA). Total cost of the project is $10 million. RTA engineers designed the station, and Panzica Construction is the lead contractor.

Scope of Work

A rendering of the entrance to the new E 79 Red Line Station (click for a larger image)The unique design calls for access to the station through a series of ramps and stair structures down the existing hillside, similar to E. 116 - St. Luke's, Buckeye - Woodhill and Tri-C - Campus District stations.

The new pedestrian track crossing will be protected by railroad gate, flashing lights and audible bells.  A new entry plaza will serve as an entrance to the station and a bus-waiting environment.  A separate entrance providing a more convenient access for the Orlando Baking Company employees is also part of the design.

Other design features include:

  • Replacement of existing platforms with new Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP), long enough to accommodate 3-car Red Line trains
  • Upgraded lighting
  • Cameras and emergency call boxes that communicate directly with GCRTA Transit Police
  • Constructed to meet the requirements of the SITES Sustainability Program
  • Replacement of existing track through the station
  • Station amenities such as bike racks, trash and recycling receptacles and upgraded station signage and wayfinding

Media Contact:

Linda Krecic
216-356-3104 (office)
216-390-9605 (cell)