proposing multiple changes in Westshore area
By Jeff Gallatin
Published April 27, 2005
Authority officials want to get in the fast lane for finding the
fastest ways to get Westshore residents to downtown and other heavily-visited
A series of
community meetings and a public hearing have been set up in the
next 15 days for people to voice their opinions on several proposed
service changes in the Westshore. RTA General Manager Joe Calabrese
said the proposed changes include:
extensive use of I-90 by RTA drivers in an attempt to get riders
extensive use of Crocker Park by the transit agency; and
up a community circulator between the Westgate Transit Center and
Crocker Park via Westfield ShoppingTown at Great Northern Mall.
the proposed changes are part of a systematic review by RTA.
"Over the past
few years, RTA has been systematically looking at travel corridors
within Cuyahoga County," Calabrese said. "We review existing services
in each corridor, and then develop service change proposals that
are designed to better meet the current travel needs of residents
and businesses. After a thorough public involvement process, new
and or modified bus services are implemented in the corridor."
In the last
few years, RTA studied its South service corridor, (Parma area)
and the Southeast corridor (Maple Heights area.) Next in line is
the Northwest corridor, which includes the Westshore area.
"We are currently
in the midst of studying our existing services in Northwest Cuyahoga
County and want to seek public comments on our preliminary proposals,"
He said using
I-90 more is logical.
want to use I-90 whenever possible to make service better, he said,
citing one example where a proposed change using the interstate
highway could cut travel time from 41 to 23 minutes.
are designed to help commuters take advantage of high-speed transportation
facilities, such as the Red Line and I-90," Calabrese said. "This
will reduce the time it takes to travel from these western suburbs
to downtown, making RTA a much more viable option for many.
He said the
community circulator would go on the 53 route.
similar to what a lot of North Olmsted officials have been seeking,"
services which might be discontinued, reduced or altered, he said
RTA employees have worked to make sure that alternative means of
service are available.
Mayors in the
affected communities said they look forward to positive changes.
Dennis Clough, who also currently serves on the RTA Board, said
he knows RTA officials are proposing the changes with the overall
region in mind.
to make changes which will provide positive changes for the most
riders," Clough said.
He said the
additional use of Crocker Park is a compliment for the center.
of Crocker Park should be praised for having it designed to be transportation
friendly," Clough said. "Not every development is designed that
way. This is one of the reasons why it will be a major part of this
Mayor Thomas O'Grady said he was pleased to hear about the community
that's been discussed in our city for some time," O'Grady said.
"I look forward to discussing and working on potential improvements
said they are encouraged by plans to expand the park-n-rides in
their respective communities. O'Grady added that his city wanted
to resolve the Kennedy Ridge Road improvements situation during
work on expanding North Olmsted's Park-n-Ride.
interested in attending the community meetings, the sessions are
7 p.m., May 3, Westgate Transit Center, 21159 Center Ridge Road,
Fairview Park. The site is served by bus routes, 22, 25, 46, 53,
55NX, 55SX, 326 and 808 community circulator.
May 4, Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road at Dover
Center Road. The site is served by the 55 SX.
May 11, North Olmsted branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library,
27403 Lorain Road. The site is served by the 75X.
May 12, Bay Village branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 502
a public hearing is set for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 18 at the
RTA's main office, in the board room, at 1240 W. Sixth St., Cleveland.
It is served by the 147 loop.
noted that the facilities are handicapped accessible and interpretive
services will be available at the public hearing.
Avon Lake; restructure the route into an extension of selected trips
on the 246 Westlake park-n-ride route. These 246 trips are to serve
the portion of the 31X route west of Columbia Road.
Northern Center Ridge; restructure route into a community circulator
operating between the Westgate Transit Center and Crocker Park via
Great Northern Mall.
Westlake; modify route to operate to/from downtown via I-90 rather
than Clifton Boulevard.
55CX, 55NX, 55SX; restructure Clifton Boulevard service to a single
route to be called the 55X Clifton operating between the Westgate
Transit Center and downtown via Wagar, Detroit, Sloane, West Clifton,
Clifton and the West Shoreway. Some weekday trips will continue
to operate via Nicholson, Cove and Edgewater.
to Bay Village and Rocky River (currently done by 55CX) to be done
by new proposed Center Ridge Route.
Ridge service (currently done by 55SX) to be done by proposed Center
existing peak period 55SX trips on Hilliard, east of Columbia, would
be discontinued in the proposal.
Center Ridge route would be a new seven-day route operating between
St. John West Shore Hospital and the Triskett Rapid Transit Station
via Center Ridge, Wooster, and I-90.
high ridership times, the new route will operate to/from downtown
Bay Village-Rocky River route; weekday route operating between Crocker
Park and the Triskett Rapid Transit Station via Basset, Osborn,
Wolf, Lake, Wooster and I-90.
high-ridership times, the new route will operate to and from downtown
via I-90. Alternatively, trips to/from downtown may operate via
Clifton and the West Shoreway.
will serve the Westlake Park-n-ride lot in off-peak periods.
following streets, all service would be discontinued in the proposal:
Columbia Road, from Brookpark Road to Center Ridge Road; Wagar Road,
from Detroit Road to Lake Road; Lakeview Road from Hilliard Boulevard
to Detroit Road; Clifton Boulevard from Lake Road to West Clifton
Boulevard; Lake Road from Columbia Road to Clague Road(now limited
service; Bradley Road from Wolf Road to Lake Road(now limited service);
Wolf Road from Bradley Road to Bassett Road(now limited service);
Hilliard Boulevard, from Columbia Road to Clague Road; and River
Oaks Drive to Wagar Road( now limited service); weekend service
on Lake Road between Wagar Road and the Clifton Boulevard bridge.