- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - Officials in Cleveland planned to meet Wednesday to discuss the future of several deteriorating stations in the area’s rail network, with options including renovation or closure.

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority was seeking public comment on three of the least-used stations in the rail system, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reported (https://bit.ly/1qpk89S ). Two stations in question are along the Red Line, which runs from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to East Cleveland. Another station serves both the Blue and Green lines near the Kinsman neighborhood.

Renovations could cost more than $25 million. At least one of the stations would need to be made handicapped-accessible should it stay open, which would require major changes to boarding platforms and could cost up to $18 million.

The meeting comes about two weeks after reports assembled for the Ohio Department of Transportation suggested the state should nearly double public transit spending over the next decade. That would mean spending about $1.1 billion a year on bus, rail and other services, a consultant said.

The three stations are considered crucial links to the area’s upcoming “Opportunity Corridor,” a 3.5-mile boulevard linking Interstate 490 and the University Circle neighborhood. Officials with the project said it will provide positive economic effects in the surrounding neighborhoods, but maintaining public transit in the area is important to its success.



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Information from: The Plain Dealer, https://www.cleveland.com

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