Lee (RTA Blue Line Rapid Transit station)

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Lee
RTA light rail station
Lee Road Cleveland RTA Blue Line station.jpg
Station statistics
Address 3402 Lee Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120
Coordinates 41°27′59″N 81°33′55″W / 41.46639°N 81.56528°W / 41.46639; -81.56528Coordinates: 41°27′59″N 81°33′55″W / 41.46639°N 81.56528°W / 41.46639; -81.56528
Line(s)
Connections Sinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg 37 (East 185-Taylor)
Sinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg 40 (Lakeview–Lee)
Structure type Below grade
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Parking No adjacent parking
Other information
Opened April 11, 1920
Rebuilt October 30, 1981
Owned by Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Services
Preceding station   RTA Rapid Transit   Following station
Blue Line
toward Warrensville
Location
Lee (RTA Blue Line Rapid Transit station) is located in Cleveland
Lee (RTA Blue Line Rapid Transit station)

Lee is a station on the RTA Blue Line in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. It is located at the intersection of Lee Road and Van Aken Boulevard in Shaker Heights.

The station is located in a cut within the median of Van Aken Boulevard west of Lee Road. Concrete stairways with tinted acrylic glass canopies lead from Lee Road down to two side platforms.

The station has the same name as Lee station on the Green Line. The Green Line station is located 1.0 mile (1.6 km) north on Shaker Boulevard.

Notable places nearby[edit]

  • Shaker Town Centre (shopping center)
  • Shaker Heights Public Library
  • Shaker Heights City Hall
  • Warrensville West Cemetery

History[edit]

The station opened on April 11, 1920 with the initiation of rail service by the Cleveland Interurban Railroad on what is now Van Aken Boulevard from Lynnfield Road to Shaker Square and then to East 34th Street and via surface streets to downtown.[1] The underpass at Lee Road was dictated by an existing creekbed at the site.[2] It is the only grade separation on the Van Aken line.

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 Van Aken Boulevard opened on October 30, 1981.[3]

In March 2008, architects were selected to design a new station to replace the existing structure. The new station, which will be ADA-compliant, will include elevators, a larger pedestrian/bus interface point and enhanced safety and security systems. The new station is expected to cost $3.5 million and was to be completed in late 2010.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toman, James (1990). The Shaker Heights Rapid Transit. Glendale, Calif.: Interurban Press. p. 22. ISBN 0-916374-95-5. 
  2. ^ Toman (1990). p. 20.
  3. ^ Toman (1990). p. 111.
  4. ^ "AAbout RTA: Major Projects - Lee-Van Aken Rapid Station". RTA Website. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 

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