Warrensville (RTA Green Line Rapid Transit station)
RTA light rail station
|Address||2800 Warrensville Center Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
|Structure type||At grade|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Owned by||Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority|
Warrensville is a station on the Green Line of the RTA Rapid Transit in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. It is located in the median of Shaker Boulevard (Ohio State Route 87) on the west side of Warrensville Center Road in Shaker Heights.
The station comprises two side platforms. Two concrete stairways with tinted acrylic glass canopies extend down to the platforms from the west side of the overpass carrying Warrensville Center Road over the tracks. There is a parking lot along the westbound platform. Access to the parking is from westbound Shaker Boulevard. The Warrensville Center Road overpass is the only grade separation on the Green Line from Shaker Square east. (There is also a bridge at Green Road, but it extends over tracks beyond the end of the line used for layovers.)
Notable places nearby
- University School Lower School
- Shaker Heights Middle School
- Shaker Heights Public Library Bertram Woods Branch
The Cleveland Interurban Railroad (CIRR), the predecessor of the Green Line, was extended 0.4 mile (0.6 km) from Courtland Boulevard to Warrensville Road in 1928 using track removed from the Coventry Road connection between Shaker Boulevard and Fairmount Boulevard. University School had moved to its nearby 36-acre (15-hectare) campus two years earlier, and CIRR had made a promise to school officials to extend the line. The extension, which was originally a single track, was double-tracked in 1930. A turnaround loop was built just east of the Warrensville Center Road overpass.
Further extensions east of Warrensville Road were planned. The right-of-way continued in a broad median of Shaker Boulevard with room for four rapid transit tracks as well as a high speed automobile parkway. This right-of-way extended along Shaker Boulevard to Brainard Road and from there along Gates Mills Boulevard all the way to near Mayfield Road, where it ended in a large loop suitable for use as a streetcar yard.
In 1936 the line was further extended one mile (1.6 km) east to Green Road. This extension was also originally a single track, and a second track was added to the extension in 1942 when increased ridership during World War II made single track operation no longer feasible.
Warrensville station was rebuilt as part of the renovation of the entire Green Line in 1980. Covered concrete stairways from the Warrensville Center overpass replaced wooden stairways, and new platforms and parking lots were constructed. The renovated line opened on October 11, 1980
- 2007 Park-and-Ride Inventory/Survey, NOACA 2006 Transit Network Guide, June 2007, p. 29.
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