Downtown Loop

Phase 3- loop

Transit mode: Circulator

The Central Loop is designed to move people to and from major downtown destinations like the Medical Mart and Horseshoe Casino to the 95% of downtown hotels within a 5 minute walk of the Loop. In addition the Loop serves to distribute riders of future streetcar routes throughout Downtown Cleveland.

The Loop would bolster land values in downtown Cleveland, and combined with changes tocity land use policy could spark billions of dollars of new investments into downtown Cleveland.  Modeled after Chicago’s historic loop all streetcars would run on the loop and serve as a circulation system. Giving all streetcar riders a one seat ride to all major destinations in downtown Cleveland.

The Central Loop Addresses the issue of too many vehicles within the one corridor. We estimate that the volume of traffic generated by both the Pearl Road and Broadway streetcars combined with the HealthLine BRT would cause delays on Euclid Ave.   Our solution is a streetcar loop that can act both as Circulator of people within Downtown Cleveland but also provide the capacity needed to handle up to 40 streetcars per hour while maintaining a high quality of service.

The central Loop would be a double tracked route through Downtown Cleveland, with all eastern routes moving clockwise to minimize travel time to Tower City/Public Square, and all western routes moving counter-clockwise to minimize travel time to Cleveland State University and the eastern border of Downtown Cleveland.

Estimated Travel Times

Tower City to Cleveland State University  4-6 Minutes

Tower City to Medical Mart  3-5 Minutes

Complete Downtown Loop 12-18 Minutes


  • Wolstein Center
  • Cleveland State University
  • Justice Center
  • Medical Mart Convention Center
  • Galleria
  • Avenue district
  • The Historic Greyhound Bus Terminal
  • Wolstein Center
  • Cleveland State University
  • Playhouse Square
  • Cuyahoga County Administration Center
  • East 4th St.
  • Public Square
  • Tower City
  • Warehouse District


Estimated Costs

Downtown Loop Cost: 90.1 million




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