Courtland (RTA Rapid Transit station)

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Courtland
RTA light rail station
Station statistics
Address 19500 Shaker Boulevard
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120
Coordinates 41°28′43″N 81°32′36″W / 41.47861°N 81.54333°W / 41.47861; -81.54333Coordinates: 41°28′43″N 81°32′36″W / 41.47861°N 81.54333°W / 41.47861; -81.54333
Line(s)
Structure type At grade
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Other information
Opened May 20, 1915
Rebuilt October 11, 1980
Owned by Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Services
Preceding station   RTA Rapid Transit   Following station
Green Line
toward Green Road

Courtland is a station stop on the RTA light rail Green Line in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. It is located at the intersection of Courtland Boulevard, Manchester Road, Montgomery Road and Shaker Boulevard (Ohio State Route 87) in Shaker Heights.

The station comprises two side platforms, the westbound platform east of the intersection, and the eastbound platform west of the intersection, with a small shelter on the westbound platform.

Notable places nearby[edit]

History[edit]

The station opened on May 20, 1915 when rail service on what is now Shaker Boulevard was extended from Fontenay Road 0.6 miles (1 km) east to Courtland Boulevard.[1] The extension included a wye extending southward on Courtland Boulevard to South Woodland Road to the entrance of the Shaker Heights Country Club. The new country club, which opened ten days later, was essentially a relocation of the Euclid Country Club which was displaced from its location at the top of Cedar Glen Parkway when the Euclid Heights subdivision was developed. The rail line was built by Cleveland Interurban Railroad and initially operated by the Cleveland Railway.

In 1923 a station building with a passenger waiting room was constructed on Shaker Boulevard median northeast of the Courtland Boulevard intersection. The building, costing $8,150, was similar to, but smaller than, the building built at the same time and still standing at Lynnfield Road, which was then the end of the Van Aken line.[2] The building also housed tobacco and newspaper stands. The newspapers were delivered to the station by rapid transit.

Also in 1923, most of the wye along Courtland Boulevard was abandoned, as the country club was generating little ridership.[2] A short wye at Shaker Boulevard was retained to turn the cars around. In 1928, the line was extended east along Shaker Boulevard to Warrensville Center Road.

The station building received little use after the line was extended, and it was too small for other uses. Finally, the upkeep on the station was deemed too expensive so the station building was razed on October 15, 1967.[3] There is no trace of the building today.

In 1980 and 1981, the Green and Blue Lines were completely renovated with new track, ballast, poles and wiring, and new stations were built along the line. The renovated line along Shaker Boulevard opened on October 11, 1980.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toman, James (1990). The Shaker Heights Rapid Transit. Glendale, Calif.: Interurban Press. pp. pp. 17–18. ISBN 0-916374-95-5. 
  2. ^ a b Toman (1990). p. 41.
  3. ^ Toman (1990). p. 93.
  4. ^ Toman (1990). p. 111.

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