Pearl Streetcar: Market Square to Old Brooklyn

Phase IV-pearl

Transit mode:Enhanced Local Service

This segment would connect the neighborhoods of Old Brooklyn, Brooklyn center, Clark-Metro and Ohio city to Downtown Cleveland.  Where over 30% of the workers in those neighborhoods work.

The West 25th corridor between State Rd. and Public Square is the second densest bus  corridor in the city.  Buses pass West 25th and Lorain Ave. at a rate of at least 34 buses per hour, this creates a choke point where the frequency of buses is slowing transit on this corridor.

Our solution is to replace the 34 buses per hour with 10 high capacity streetcars per hour providing 10 minute peak headways, and a simpler and easier to understand system where one route would replace the chaos of 8 routes, and reduce operating costs.

Streetcar service with signal-preemption, proof-of-payment, and all-door boarding would decrease travel times while providing direct service to Cleveland State University and other areas of Downtown Cleveland.

The West 25th St. corridor is a corridor with strong potential for redevelopment around a high quality transit like a Modern Streetcar.

Estimated Travel Times

Old Brooklyn to West side Market 8-13 Minutes.

Old Brooklyn to Public Square 14-22 Minutes

Old Brooklyn to Cleveland State University 18-28 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
  • Lutheran Hospital
  • West Side Market
  • Minors International
  • Clark Metro
  • Metro Health Medical Center
  • Brooklyn Center
  • Metro Health South
  • Old Brooklyn Transit Center


Estimated Costs

Market Square to Old Brooklyn Segment: 110.5 million dollars



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