New East 34th St. RTA Rapid Transit Station for the Campus District
Following nearly a year-long campaign by Campus District stakeholders for a new Rapid Transit station at East 34th Street, the RTA Board of Trustees last week passed a resolution that it will design and build a new East 34th St. Rapid Transit Station. RTA had engaged the firm Parsons Brinkerhoff to conduct a study of the East 34th Street station and two at East 79th Street. RTA and its consultant, actively sought input from the community on this study and received a great deal of it from stakeholders of the Campus District and people who depend on the station to get to work and school. Campus District Inc. provided information on the large amount of investment underway and planned for 2015-2019.
Representatives from Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Sisters of Charity Health System, Cleveland City Planning, Judge Nancy McDonnell Center/Oriana House, the Women’s Reintegration Center, and the Main Post Office all attended planning and public meetings throughout the study period and most were in attendance at the RTA Board meeting.
At last week’s RTA board meeting, Ed Rybka, the City of Cleveland’s Chief of Regional Development, spoke on behalf of Mayor Jackson, “We view these stations to be of the utmost importance to the city and Cleveland and its residents.” Citing the recent developments in the Campus District along with the potential around Opportunity Corridor, Chief Rybka compared the emerging locations to Detroit Shoreway, West 6th and Euclid Ave. The Executive Directors from Campus District, Inc., Opportunity Coordinator and Burten Bell Carr Community Development Corporation advocated for building the new stations. Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland of Ward 5 summed up the issue, “I support the East 34th Campus District/Central and 79th street Kinsman stations as they are central to our neighborhood plans and for having an equitable community for the future.”
In prior months there was concern by the Board that the station’s ridership was low. Joseph Calabrese, RTA Chief Executive Officer & General Manager, addressed the RTA Board members, “There is no doubt that ridership will go up if we give them a more pleasant experience at these stations.” “You have provided the additional information and bigger picture of what is happening in these areas,” stated board member Leo Serrano, as he voted to pass the resolution.
Click here to read another article about the new station from Fresh Water Cleveland.