|"Reed's Read" - The Euclid Corridor Plan - What it means to you
by Tom Reed
WMV Web News Cleveland
Story filed September 18, 2000
The ambitious plan to turn Euclid Avenue into a landscaped route for trolley buses has taken another step forward.
Cleveland’s City Council voted September 11 to ante up $17 million for its share in the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project, now estimated to cost about $292 million. The system is now expected to be up and running by mid 2005, two years beyond the original completion date. By that time, if all goes as planned, electric trolley buses will glide along special transit-only lanes from Public Square to University Circle, then on to the Windermere/Stokes rapid transit station in East Cleveland. The vehicles will be updated versions of the trolley buses which operated in Cleveland from 1936 to 1963, running on rubber tires like a bus, but getting power from overhead wires like a streetcar. They’ll run every five minutes during the day, Monday through Saturday, and every 15 minutes at nights and on Sundays.
The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line will provide fast, safe transportation between the downtown business district, Cleveland State University, the Mid-Town Corridor, the Cleveland Clinic, the institutions of University Circle, and other destinations.
It all sounds wonderful, but you’re probably asking yourself two questions:
1) Will it actually come to pass?
2) How will it affect motorists?
In answer to the first question, the RTA is confident that it will all work out, citing widespread support from the powers-that-be in government and business. Congress and the Federal Transit Administration continue to fund the design phase of the project. But Cleveland is in competition with other cities for full federal funding. With much of the street taken up by the landscaped median and transit lanes, this doesn’t leave much room for cars. Diagrams show only one lane of traffic in each direction, although there are turn lanes at intersections.
What do you think of the proposal? We’d like to hear from you, particularly if you regularly travel Euclid Avenue by car or RTA, or if you work or have a business along the route. E-mail me at email@example.com. I won’t use your name without your express permission.
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