A HealthLine rapid transit vehicle drives through University Circle.
|System||Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority|
|Began service||October 24, 2008|
|End||Louis Stokes Station at Windermere|
|Length||6.8 mi (11 km)|
The HealthLine (formerly known as the Silver Line and as the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project) is a bus rapid transit (BRT) line run by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority in Cleveland and East 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. Its current name was the result of a naming rights deal with the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland. The HealthLine is denoted with a silver color and abbreviated simply as HL on most RTA publications.
The HealthLine's ridership peaked at 5.08 million rides in 2014, but has since declined by over 25% through 2018, with 3.7 million rides that year.
The Healthline is tied with Connecticut Transit's CTfastrak as the second-top rated BRT system in the United States each with Silver rating according to the BRT Standard. Only the Albuquerque Rapid Transit has achieved the top rating of Gold.
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.
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, easing boarding and alighting.
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.
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.
The HealthLine runs a fleet of 21 articulated DE63LFA-BRT vehicles, manufactured by New Flyer Industries, each with a seating capacity of 47 and able to accommodate 53 more standing up. The vehicles have two doors on each side and run on a diesel-electric hybrid motor system that produce 90% less emissions than regular buses. A low sulfur diesel engine (Caterpillar C-9) generates electrical power to run smaller electric motors mounted on each of the wheels. Each vehicle also has a GPS locator on board, which allows automated traffic signals to give the HealthLine buses priority at busy intersections.
The RTA classifies its bus rapid transit stops as "curb stations" and "median stations". Median stations are located within the Euclid Avenue busway and can only be accessed using crosswalks. Median stations can utilize left- or right-side boarding, as buses have doors on both sides. Curb stations are more traditional bus stops where buses open their doors to the right curb of the street.
On weekdays, the HealthLine runs every 7-10 minutes from 6:10am-7:10pm, and every 15-30 minutes outside that window. On weekends and holidays, it runs every 15 minutes from 4:40am-11:40pm and every 30 minutes outside that window.
|Location||Station||Platform style (doors opened)||Notes||Connections||Location|
|Downtown||Public Square/West Roadway (eastbound)||curb (left)||West side of Public Square|
|Public Square/Tower City (eastbound)||curb (left)||South end of Public Square, adjacent to Tower City station||RTA Rapid Transit
RTA Bus: most lines serving downtown and Public Square
|East 2nd Street||Median (left)||Serves The Arcade|
|East 6th Street||Median (left)|
|East 9th Street||Median (left)||Serves Playhouse Square|
|East 14th Street||Median (left)||Serves Playhouse Square and TV station WVIZ Ideastream|
|East 19th Street||2 median (right)||Serves Cleveland State University|
|East 24th Street||2 median (right)||Serves Cleveland State University and Stephanie Tubbs Transit Center|
|Central||East 30th Street||2 median (right)|
|East 36th Street||2 median (right)|
|East 40th Street||2 median (right)||Serves Children's Museum of Cleveland|
|East 51st Street||2 median (right)||Serves The Agora|
|East 59th Street||2 median (right)||RTA Bus: 16|
|East 66th Street||2 median (right)|
|East 71st Street||2 median (right)|
|Fairfax||East 79th Street||2 median (right)||RTA Bus: 2|
|East 83rd Street||2 median (right)|
|East 89th Street||2 median (right)|
|East 93rd Street||2 median (right)||Serves Cleveland Clinic||RTA Bus: 7, 9, 32, 48, 48A|
|East 100th Street||2 median (right)||Sunday service only|
|University Circle||East 105th Street||2 median (right))||Serves Cleveland Public Library MLK branch, Ronald McDonald House
Easternmost stop on exclusive BRT right-of-way
|RTA Bus: 10|
|Stokes/Stearns||2 curb (right)||Stokes westbound, Stearns eastbound||RTA Bus: 7, 9, 32, 48, 48A|
|Adelbert Road||2 curb (right)||Serves Case Western Reserve University|
|Cornell Road||2 curb (right)||Serves University Hospitals||RTA Bus: 9|
|East 115th Street||2 curb (right)||Serves Cleveland Institute of Art||RTA Bus: 38|
|East 118th Street||2 curb (right)|
|East 123rd Street||2 curb (right)||Former RTA Red Line connection at Euclid–East 120th station (closed 2015)||RTA Bus: 38|
|East Cleveland||Lakeview Road||2 curb (right)||RTA Bus: 38|
|Delmont Avenue / Roxbury Road||2 curb (right)||Delmont westbound, Roxbury eastbound|
|Emily Street / Garfield Road||2 curb (right)||Emily westbound, Garfield eastbound|
|Superior Avenue||2 curb (right)||Red Line
RTA Bus: 3 and 40
|Eddy Road / Wellesley Avenue (westbound)||2 curb (right)||Eddy westbound, Wellesley eastbound|
|Lakefront Road / Belmore Avenue||2 curb (right)||Lakefront westbound, Belmore eastbound|
|Debra Ann Lane (westbound)||curb (right)|
|Louis Stokes Station at Windermere||curb (right)||Red Line
RTA Bus: 3, 28, 28A, 30, 37, 41, 41F
- http://www.metroplanning.org/news-events/blog-post/6203; Accessed: February 28, 2012
- "RTA HealthLine" (Flash). Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. Retrieved 2008-10-24.[permanent dead link]
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- "Where it goes" - http://www.gcrta.org/healthline/healthline-flash.html
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- "What it is - Station" - http://www.gcrta.org/healthline/healthline-flash.html
- Rapid Transit Vehicles - http://euclidtransit.org/rapid_transit_system/euclid_corridor_vehicles.asp
- McIntyre, Michael (17 July 2010). "Cleveland allows RTA buses to drive faster on Euclid Avenue". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
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- RTA HealthLine - http://www.gcrta.org/healthline/healthline-flash.html
- "What it is - Vehicle" - http://www.gcrta.org/healthline/healthline-flash.html
- Euclid Corridor Transportation Project - http://euclidtransit.org/rapid_transit_system/euclid_corridor_vehicles.asp
- "Schedule Effective April 21, 2013" - http://www.riderta.com/sites/default/files/schedule-pdfs/HealthLine.pdf
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