The U-route Will:
- Create one of the busiest and most used Modern Streetcar Systems in the United States.
- Carry between 6-7 million riders per year on the U-Route.
- Reduce operating costs by up to 54% on both transit corridors
- Eliminates 568 or 56% of buses from Downtown Cleveland every weekday.
- Greatly simplifies Transit in downtown, and the City of Cleveland as a whole.
- Creates opportunities for improved transit service in Cleveland neighborhoods .
The U-route represents a streetcar network that would consist of two corridors one a western corridor on Pearl/west 25th street from downtown to State Road in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood, and an eastern Corridor Broadway Ave. From downtown to Harvard Rd. in Slavic village. We chose these route because of the density of bus traffic on routes, and the capacity for high capacity premium transit to improve service on these corridors and to free up resources for service improvements on the entire transit system. These routes aren’t simply about improving service on their corridors but improve service on all the routes that feed into those corridor today allowing the expansion of bus services in Cleveland.
We propose that two streetcar routes could replace the 13 bus routes that use Broadway Avenue and West 25th St./ Pearl Roads in Cleveland to improve service quality, reduce congestion in Ohio City, parts of downtown, and increase transit ridership. For the region the flexibility of streetcars provide an opportunity for further rail expansion to areas like Beachwood, Lakewood and the Chagrin Highlands at a much lower cost than traditional light rail or heavy Rail. The concept is simple; replacing 7 routes that currently crowd into a single corridor that creates massive congestion, and the operation of up to 34 buses per hour at rush hour, the 13 routes that currently operate on both corridors had 11.2 million boarding’s in 2011.
As the charts above show you can see the ridership of people on these corridors each year. We estimate that their could be up to a 54% reduction in operating costs on those routes, because the highest costs per-mile are the portions in and around downtown Cleveland. We estimate that with the streetcar system GCRTA would save $19 million in operating cost and spend $11 million to operate the streetcar system for a net $8 million in savings. In total there are no other routes in the city where the streetcar could generate a large reduction in operating costs for transit. With these savings GCRTA would be able to enhance service, expand the transit network or use the surplus to reduce fares.
In addition to the operational Savings our plan would Reduce the number of Local RTA buses in downtown Cleveland by 56%, or 568 buses would be replaced by 180 streetcars per day. This reducion would benefit everyone in downtown by reducing the sometimes Chaotic impact of these vehicles on downtown Cleveland replacing the map below with a simple streetcar loop with existing buses traffic would continue to use Superior Ave as they do today.
Current RTA Map of Downtown Cleveland
Our Proposed Streetcar Loop
We propose the system to be built in five phases of Construction, with each Phase building upon each previous Phase.
Estimated cost for segments:
|Route Segment||Phase 1: Market Square to CSU||Phase 2: STJ to Tri-C||Phase 3: Downtown Loop||Phase 4: Market Square to Old brooklyn||Phase 5: Tri-C to Harvard Ave.||Totals|
|Total Construction Costs||$ 115,269,850||$37,308,732||$ 90,134,139||$110,542,137||$ 126,425,044||$ 479,679,901|
Full cost breakdown in FTA Standardized Cost Category (SCC) format
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