Warrensville (RTA Blue Line Rapid Transit station)

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Warrensville
RTA light rail station
Warrensville Cleveland RTA Blue Line station.jpg
Station statistics
Address 3470 Warrensville Center Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
Coordinates 41°27′57″N 81°32′16″W / 41.46583°N 81.53778°W / 41.46583; -81.53778Coordinates: 41°27′57″N 81°32′16″W / 41.46583°N 81.53778°W / 41.46583; -81.53778
Line(s)
Connections Sinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg 5 (Chagrin Blvd.)
Sinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg 14 (Kinsman)
Sinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg 27F (Solon Flyer)
Sinnbild Kraftomnibus.svg 41 (Warrensville)
Structure type At grade
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 3
Parking Available nearby; none provided at station
Other information
Opened July 30, 1930
Rebuilt October 30, 1981
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
Owned by Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Services
Preceding station   RTA Rapid Transit   Following station
Blue Line Terminus
Location
Warrensville (RTA Blue Line Rapid Transit station) is located in Cleveland
Warrensville (RTA Blue Line Rapid Transit station)

Warrensville is a station stop on the RTA light rail Blue Line in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. It is the eastern terminus of the Blue Line.

Warrensville Cleveland RTA Blue line sign.jpg

It is located at the median of Van Aken Boulevard near the intersection of Warrensville Center Road, Chagrin Boulevard (U.S. Route 422), Van Aken Boulevard, and Northfield Road (Ohio State Route 8) in Shaker Heights.

The station has the same name as Warrensville station on the Green Line. The Green Line station is located 0.9 mile (1.4 km) north on Shaker Boulevard.

Notable places nearby[edit]

  • Thornton Park
  • Van Aken Center
  • Highland Park Cemetery

History[edit]

The station opened when the Van Aken line was extended east from Lynnfield Road. The extension opened on July 30, 1930 at the same time that trains began using Cleveland Union Terminal.[1] The station originally included a car yard with a reverse U for turning the trains around. A passenger station building was constructed within the radius of reverse loop in 1932. However, because of the need to generate income, the building was never used as a passenger station but was leased for use as a Texaco service station.[2] Today, the building houses a Starbucks coffeehouse. In 1948, the reverse U was replaced by a regular turnaround loop.[3]

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 Warrensville station was rebuilt with a new platforms, a new car yard and a new power substation. The renovated line along Van Aken Boulevard opened on October 30, 1981.[4]

The car yard was not needed after RTA opened its Central Rail Maintenance Facility on April 29, 1984 at East 55th Street.[5] The loop was closed after RTA ended its use of PCC cars and relied completely upon the LRVs that comprise the current fleet.

There have been several proposals to extend the Blue Line beyond Warrensville station.

The proposal most recently considered would be a 2-mile (3-km) extension into and around the 600-acre (2.4-km²) Chagrin Highlands development near Harvard Road and I-271. The proposed route would travel along Northfield Road south, and then turns east along Mill Creek Pond Dr., traveling parallel to Harvard Road. The line would terminate somewhere between Richmond and Green Roads.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toman, James (1990). The Shaker Heights Rapid Transit. Glendale, Calif.: Interurban Press. p. 45. ISBN 0-916374-95-5. 
  2. ^ Toman (1990). p. 59.
  3. ^ Toman (1990). p. 76.
  4. ^ Toman (1990). p. 111.
  5. ^ "About RTA: History of Public Transit in Greater Cleveland". RTA Website. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  6. ^ Transit 2025 Plan. Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. March 2006, ch. 4. p. 3. 
  7. ^ "Greater Cleveland RTA rail planning updates". Transportation Choices. EcoCity Cleveland. Retrieved 2007-06-20. 

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