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Operator RTA
System Type Light Rail
Year Opened 1920
# of Lines 2
# of Cars 48
Mileage 13.22 MILES
Gauge Std
Stations 29
Power Overhead
Fare Media
Website
Data Date 1994
1st Visit 3/2007
Last Visit 3/2007
% Rode 50%

Lake States Transit >Cleveland
Blue/Green Lines

Cleveland

These lines were built by the Van Sweringen Brothers as a way to develop their planned community of Shaker Heights. The two branches were developed over time from 1920-1936. There were built as a high-speed link from Shaker Heights to downtown Cleveland. In 1944 the City of Shaker Heights took over operation. In 1975, Cleveland RTA took over operation. In 1996, the light rail line was extended to Cleveland's waterfront.

This is a great operation, and well used. Would like to see more frequent service, but it is limited as it shares trackage with the Red Line from 55th to Tower City.

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Train has just left Shaker Square station. (3/12/07) Looking from Shaker Square towards the junction where the two line diverge. (3/12/07)
Blue Line train along the center of Van Aken heading outbound. (3/12/07) North Coast Station (near RocknRoll Hall of Fame). (3/12/07)
Platforms for North Coast Station, with the Stadium in the background. (3/12/07) Train on the center lay-up track at Tower City terminal. (3/12/07)
Tower city terminal building, formerly know as Cleveland Union Terminal. (3/12/07  
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Last Updated: 03/25/17

 

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