If you are like many Clevelanders who have felt, first hand, the inconvenience of trying to get around Euclid, or are just curious about what’s going on and when its going to be finished, this blogs for you.
The Euclid Corridor is responsible for the mess on Euclid. The vision for the project began around 1998 and was originally projected to be finished sometime in 2005. This obviously didn’t happen for a number of reasons but it looks like the finish line may finally be in sight.
If things remain on track, this 200million dollar bus line will be completed at the end of 2008. “Bus line” simply doesn’t do it justice though.
The Silver Line, as it has been dubbed will be the first of its kind in the nation. The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a state of the art, hybrid-electric, environmentally friendly and quiet phenomenon. 21 of these 62foot buses have already been purchased. They will hold 42seated passengers and have room for up to 53 standees and two wheelchairs.
The buses themselves are only the beginning. The Silver Line will stretch almost 7miles from East Cleveland, through University Circle, down Euclid and into Public Square. There will be a pedestrian walkway through the middle of the street and dedicated lanes on each side for the buses. When all is said and done, there will be 61stations along the corridor, each made of steel and glass and equipped with safety cameras, increased lighting and even touch-screen interactive kiosks.
This is definitely reason to get excited and is just one more cause to believe in the “quiet renaissance” going on in Cleveland. Think about it, the fastest growing and most expansive sector in Cleveland, healthcare, will be linked with the arts, academic, and business center of the city, all through a state of the art public transportation system that has already gotten national attention! It will be very exciting, to say the least, to watch as the city grows and blossoms along this stretch of innovation.