Woodhill (RTA Rapid Transit station)
RTA light rail station
|Address||2800 Woodhill Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44104
|Connections|| 10 (East 105th)
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Opened||April 11, 1920|
|Owned by||Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority|
The station comprises side platforms below grade west of the intersection. Two concrete stairways with tinted acrylic glass canopies lead from the street down to the platforms. There is a small parking lot north of the platforms off Buckeye Road.
Notable places nearby
- Woodland Hills neighborhood
The station was located at the mouth of a cut over a mile in length from Shaker Square. The cut averages 25 feet in depth, but just before Woodhill station it is as deep as 40 feet, and it provides a 2.44 percent incline down from the Square, the steepest grade on the line. The line was constructed with a tunnel under the intersection of Buckeye Road and Woodhill Road, which was built without disturbing the automobile and streetcar traffic above. The location of the tunnel dictated the placement of the line.
The material excavated from the cut was used to create an embankment to carry the tracks over the railroad tracks and streets west of Woodhill station. The embankment is high as 50 feet at places. The cut and fill provide the means for the trains to traverse the Portage Escarpment that separates much of the city of Cleveland from suburbs such as Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights.
In 1980 and 1981, the trunk line of the Green and Blue Lines from East 55th Street to Shaker Square was completely renovated with new track, ballast, poles and wiring, and new stations were built along the line. At Woodhill station, new platforms were installed, and the wooden stairways were replaced by covered concrete stairways. The renovated line opened on October 30, 1981. Between 2011 and 2012, the RTA renovated Woodhill station once more with funding received as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The platforms were renovated with tactile edges installed, the covered stairways were replaced with ones of a more contemporary design and appearance, and new wheelchair ramps were installed, making the station ADA accessible. The rebuilt station was dedicated on October 23, 2012.
- 2007 Park-and-Ride Inventory/Survey, NOACA 2006 Transit Network Guide, June 2007, p. 29.
- Toman, James (1990). The Shaker Heights Rapid Transit. Glendale, Cal.: Interurban Press. p. 22. ISBN 0-916374-95-5.
- Toman (1990). p. 20.
- Toman (1990). p. 115.