HealthLine

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HealthLine
HealthLine 1.jpg
A HealthLine rapid transit vehicle drives through University Circle.
Overview
System Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Status Operating
Began service October 24, 2008
Route
Locale Cleveland, Ohio
Start Public Square
End Louis Stokes Station at Windermere
Service
Daily ridership 14,367 [1]

The HealthLine (formerly known as the Silver Line,[2] and the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project) is a bus rapid transit line run by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The line runs along Euclid Avenue from Public Square in downtown Cleveland to the Louis Stokes Station at Windermere in East Cleveland. It began operation on October 24, 2008.[3]

By late 2009, ridership had expanded 47 percent compared to the former line running along the same route prior to the completion of the Euclid Corridor project and the creation of the HealthLine.[4] Five years within opening, the Healthline has generated $5.8 billion in development along Euclid Avenue, representing a return of $114 for each transit dollar invested. [5]

Vehicles and stations[edit]

A HealthLine rapid transit vehicle stopping at a station

The HealthLine runs a fleet of 21 articulated DE60LFA-BRT vehicles, manufactured by New Flyer Industries, each with a seating capacity of 47 and able to accommodate 53 more standing up. The vehicles run on a diesel-electric hybrid motor system that produce 90% less emissions than regular buses.[6] A low sulfur diesel engine (Caterpillar C-9)generates electrical power to run smaller electric motors mounted on each of the wheels.[7] Each vehicle also has a GPS locator on board, which allows automated traffic signals to give the HealthLine buses priority at busy intersections, keeping them moving as much as possible. Three doors on each side of the vehicle make for fast and easy boarding and unboarding.[8] However, as late as July 2010, the trip from East Cleveland to downtown during rush hour was more than 40 minutes – longer than the planned 33 minutes. This was due to traffic light timing and the 25 mph speed limit along most of the route. The speed limit was raised to 35 mph for buses and traffic light timing was adjusted further to combat this issue.[9][10]

There are 59 stations along Euclid Avenue that serve the HealthLine. All stations are equipped with a fare card vending machine, 24-hour lighting, and an emergency phone. An illuminated text display informs passengers of expected arrival times. Between Public Square and East 107th Street, all stations have raised platforms that align with the floor of the rapid transit vehicle, making for very easy boarding and alighting.[11]

Route[edit]

HealthLine
Route map
Mainline rail interchange Tram/light rail interchange Public Square Tower City
East 2nd Street Cleveland Arcade
East 6th Street
East 9th Street
East 14th Street
East 19th Street
East 24th Street
East 30th Street
East 36th Street
East 40th Street
East 51st Street Agora Theatre
East 59th Street
East 66th Street Dunham Museum
East 71st Street
East 79th Street
East 83rd Street
East 89th Street
East 93rd Street Cleveland Clinic
East 100th Street
East 105th Street
Stokes Boulevard
Adelbert Road
Cornell Road
East 115th Street Little Italy
East 118th Street
East 123rd Street
Lakeview Road
Delmont Avenue-Roxbury Road
Emily Street-Garfield Road
Mainline rail interchange Superior Avenue Station
Eddy Road-Wellesley Avenue Huron Hospital
Lakefront Road-Belmore Avenue
Debra Ann Lane
Mainline rail interchange Louis Stokes Station at Windermere

The HealthLine route travels 6.8 miles (11 km) along Euclid Avenue from Public Square in Downtown Cleveland to Louis Stokes Station at Windermere in East Cleveland. It passes through the neighborhoods of Downtown, Midtown, Fairfax, University Circle, and the suburb of East Cleveland.[3]

Between Public Square and East 105th Street, Euclid Avenue has two "bus only" lanes close to the inner median which only allow HealthLine vehicles passage, reducing delays due to conflicts with general traffic during busy times. Complementing the HealthLine is a set of bike lanes on the outer edges of the stretch Euclid Avenue that connects Cleveland State University with Case Western Reserve University.[12]

Schedule[edit]

The HealthLine provides 24-hour service and runs as often as every five minutes during rush hours. The full timetable is:[13]

Weekdays (Monday–Friday)
5:00 AM–9:00 AM Every 5 minutes
9:00 AM–2:30 PM Every 10 minutes
2:30 PM–6:30 PM Every 5 minutes
6:30 PM–11:00 PM Every 15 minutes
11:00 PM–5:00 AM Every 30 minutes
Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays
4:30 AM–11:00 PM Every 15 minutes
11:00 PM–4:30 AM Every 30 minutes

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