Public Meeting Alert: West 25th St. TOD

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Show your support for Streetcars in Cleveland.

This Saturday is the Fist Public meeting to discuss the Transit on the West 25th st corridor.

Our analysis has found that a Streetcar could reduce Operating costs on the west 25th st by up to 53% and anchor major redevelopment on the corridor.

It is imperative that people who believe in premium transit in Cleveland Tell let our stakeholders know we want Rail on West 25th St.

Working Group Statements of Purpose
Public Meeting #1

Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Club San Lorenzo (3121 W. 33rd)
Presentation (Not Yet Available)
Notes (Not Yet Available)

Public Meeting #2

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Location: Saint Wendelin Catholic Church (2281 Columbus Rd)
Presentation (Not Yet Available)
Notes (Not Yet Available)

Public Meeting #3

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Location: TBD, Ohio City
Presentation (Not Yet Available)
Notes (Not Yet Available)

Public Presentation + Open House

Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Presentation (Not Yet Available)
Notes (Not Yet Available)

Make sure the Broadway is ready for streetcars


ODOT and the City of Cleveland, as part of the Innerbelt project are replacing the Broadway Bridge over I-77. We have the opportunity to make sure this new bridge is built to accommodate a future Broadway Streetcar.


This is important because if this bridge isn’t rebuilt to accommodate future streetcars we may have to rebuild the bridge again for the streetcar. The alternatives to this could be:

  • Build a new Light-Rail only bridge adjacent to the new bridge which may require land acquisition
  • Rebuild the bridge deck
  • Rebuild the entire bridge.

This is a lose-lose situation for the neighborhood and for people who want to bring a streetcar to Slavic Village and to Cleveland’s East Side.

The Smart alternative

The example we should be following Cincinnati when it rebuilt it’s bridges over I-71 in 2001 they designed those bridges  to be compatible with future light Rail, which is now under construction and due to open in 2016. This can only be done early in the design process which is right now.

  • Would like ODOT to specify that the new Broadway Bridge over I-77 can accommodate a light rail vehicle in two 2 lanes on the new bridge.
  • Design the bridge with a 12in thick bridge deck in the lanes where the streetcar will run. This allows 6-inches of that deck can be removed and replaced with embedded Rail.
  • Bridge Capable of supporting  the nominal Axle load of a Light Rail vehicle and its track Slab.

The project is currently scheduled to be under construction in 2016, but the planning and design is underway today this is the time make your voices heard before its too late.


Contact Nancy Lyon-Stadler of Michael Baker Jr. Inc.

Re: The Reconstruction of Broadway Bridge over I-77

Tell her you want provisions made for Streetcars on the new bridge.


Why Streetcars / Why Now


Streetcars are designed to be a constant fixture of urban transportation options for residents, employees, and visitors. They are very different from the Metro rail transportation and subway system that Cleveland residents are used to. A streetcar, unlike light rail, travels in the flow of traffic on rails that are embedded in the road. Automobile drivers traveling in the same lane as the streetcar rarely notice that they are driving on top of rails. Although traveling at speeds similar to those of a bus, streetcars are preferred Downtown circulators due to the comforts offered by fixed-rails during their short trips. Because streetcars runs on fixed routes, riders can be assured that the route will never change, and appropriate technology, kiosks, architecture, and guideways can be integrated into the urban environment to provide route guidance.

A Streetcar to Desire: An Argument for Converting Roads to Rails

This author dives into the complex relationship beteeew public and privately run transit systems and how the current transportation system is failing everyone.  The most important read here is the proposed solution to the public/private conundrum.

A Streetcar to Desire: An Argument for Converting Roads to Rails

Jun 12, 2013 — Places Journal

Terra Nova author Eric W. Sanderson builds a refreshingly wonky case for a modern streetcar revival.



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