HealthLine

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A HealthLine rapid transit vehicle drives through University Circle.
Overview
SystemGreater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
StatusOperating
Began serviceOctober 24, 2008
Routes
Routes1
LocaleCleveland, Ohio
StartPublic Square
EndLouis Stokes Station at Windermere
Length6.8 mi (11 km)
Stations59
Service
Daily ridership14,367 [1]
Route map
Public Square/West Roadway
Subway interchange Tram interchange Public Square/Tower City
East 2nd Street
East 6th Street
East 9th Street
East 14th Street
East 19th Street
East 24th Street
East 30th Street
East 36th Street
East 40th Street
East 51st Street
East 59th Street
East 66th Street
East 71st Street
East 79th Street
East 83rd Street
East 89th Street
East 93rd Street
East 100th Street
East 105th Street
Stokes Boulevard
Adelbert Road
Cornell Road
East 115th Street
East 118th Street
East 123rd Street
Lakeview Road
Delmont Avenue
Roxbury Road
Emily Street
Garfield Road
Superior Avenue
Eddy Road
Wellesley Avenue
Lakefront Road
Belmore Avenue
Debra Ann Lane
Subway interchange Louis Stokes Station at Windermere
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The HealthLine (formerly known as the Silver Line[3] and as the Euclid Corridor Transportation Project) is a bus rapid transit (BRT) line run by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority in 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.[4] Its current name was the result of a naming rights deal with the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland.[5] The HealthLine is denoted with a silver color and abbreviated simply as HL on most RTA publications.

By late 2009, ridership had expanded 47 percent compared to the former line running along the same route prior to the completion of the Euclid Corridor project and the creation of the HealthLine.[6]

The Healthline is the top rated BRT system in the United States with a Silver rating according to the BRT Standard.[7]

Route description[edit]

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.[4]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10][11]

The decision to turn off signal priority along portions of the line has been referred to as a form of BRT creep.[12]

Bus fleet[edit]

A HealthLine bus at the Adelbert Road bus stop

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.[13][14] A low sulfur diesel engine (Caterpillar C-9) generates electrical power to run smaller electric motors mounted on each of the wheels.[15] Each vehicle also has a GPS locator on board, which allows automated traffic signals to give the HealthLine buses priority at busy intersections.

Bus stops[edit]

Classification used to identify types of HealthLine stations

The RTA classifies its bus rapid transit stops as "curb stations" and "median stations". The term "station" is used because RTA considers the route to be part of the rapid transit system.

Schedule[edit]

Weekdays (Monday–Friday)
Eastbound Westbound
3:10 AM–5:10 AM Every 30 minutes 2:58 AM– 4:28 AM Every 30 minutes
5:10 AM–6:10 AM Every 15 minutes 4:28 AM–5:27 AM Every 15 minutes
6:10 AM–7:10 AM Every 10 minutes 5:27 AM–6:23 AM Every 10 minutes
7:10 AM–6:10 PM Every 7–8 minutes 6:23 AM–5:32 PM Every 7–9 minutes
6:10 PM–7:10 PM Every 10 minutes 5:32 PM–6:22 PM Every 10 minutes
7:10 PM–11:40 PM Every 15 minutes 6:22 PM–10:55 PM Every 15 minutes
11:40 PM–2:40 AM Every 30 minutes 10:55 PM– 2:28 AM Every 30 minutes
Saturdays / Sundays / Holidays
Eastbound Westbound
3:10 AM–4:40 AM Every 30 minutes 2:58 AM–3:58 AM Every 30 minutes
4:40 AM–11:40 PM Every 15 minutes 3:58 AM–10:54 PM Every 15 minutes
11:40 PM–2:40 AM Every 30 minutes 10:54 PM–2:28 AM Every 30 minutes

[16]

Stations[edit]

Station Platform (doors open) Notes Coordinates
Downtown Cleveland
Public Square/West Roadway (eastbound) curb (left) West side of Public Square
Public Square/Tower City (eastbound) curb (left) Official western terminus of HealthLine.
South end of Public Square (South Roadway & Ontario intersection).
Connections: RTA Rapid Transit lines at Tower City station, most RTA bus lines serving downtown (including trolley bus lines) and Public Square.
East 2nd Street median (left) East of Public Square.
Westernmost station on Euclid Avenue and on exclusive BRT right of way.
Serves The Arcade.

41°29′58″N 81°41′31″W / 41.49944°N 81.69194°W / 41.49944; -81.69194

East 6th Street median (left) East of intersection with East 6th Street. 41°30′0″N 81°41′20″W / 41.50000°N 81.68889°W / 41.50000; -81.68889
East 9th Street median (left) East of intersection with East 9th Street.
Serves Playhouse Square
41°30′01″N 81°41′10″W / 41.50028°N 81.68611°W / 41.50028; -81.68611
East 14th Street median (left) Between East 13th and 14th intersections.
Serves Playhouse Square and TV station WVIZ Ideastream.
East 19th Street 2 median (right) At intersection with East 19th ( campus walkway)
Serves Cleveland State University.
East 24th Street 2 median (right) At intersection with East 24th
Serves Cleveland State University.
Walking distance of Stephanie Tubbs Transit Center
Midtown district
East 30th Street 2 median (right) At intersection with East 30th
East 36th Street 2 median (right) At intersection with East 36th
East 40th Street 2 median (right) At intersection with East 40th
Serves Children's Museum of Cleveland.
East 51st Street 2 median (right) Between East 45th and East 55th intersections
Serves The Agora
East 59th Street 2 median (right) At intersection with East 59th
Connections: RTA bus route 16
East 66th Street 2 median (right) At intersection with East 66th
Bordering the Hough and Central neighborhoods

41°30′16″N 81°38′45″W / 41.50444°N 81.64583°W / 41.50444; -81.64583

East 71st Street 2 median (right) At intersection with East 71st
Fairfax district
East 79th Street 2 median (right) At intersection with East 79th
Connections: RTA bus route 2
East 83rd Street 2 median (right) At intersection with East 83rd
East 89th Street 2 median (right) At intersection with East 89th
East 93rd Street 2 median (right) At intersection with East 93rd
Serves Cleveland Clinic
Connections: RTA bus routes 7, 9, 32, 48, 48A
East 100th Street 2 median (right) At intersection with East 100th
Sunday service only
No station canopy
University Circle
East 105th Street 2 median (right)) At intersection with East 105th
Connections: RTA bus route 10
Serves Cleveland Public Library MLK branch, Ronald McDonald House
Easternmost stop on exclusive BRT right-of-way
Stokes/Stearns 2 curb (right) Westbound stop at Stokes Boulevard; eastbound stop at Stearns Road
Connections: RTA bus routes 7, 9, 32, 48, 48A
Adelbert Road 2 curb (right) Located east of Adelbert Road
Serves Case Western Reserve University
41°30′24″N 81°36′29″W / 41.50667°N 81.60806°W / 41.50667; -81.60806
Cornell Road 2 curb (right) Located west of Cornell Road
Serves University Hospitals
Connections: RTA bus route 9
41°30′29″N 81°36′23″W / 41.50806°N 81.60639°W / 41.50806; -81.60639
East 115th Street 2 curb (right) At intersection with East 115th
Serves Cleveland Institute of Art
Connections: RTA bus route 38
East 118th Street 2 curb (right) At intersection with East 118th
East 123rd Street 2 curb (right) East of East 123rd intersection Connections: RTA bus route 38. Formerly connected with the RTA Red Line at Euclid–East 120th station (closed 2015)
East Cleveland
Lakeview Road 2 curb (right) At Lakeview Road intersection
Connections: RTA bus route 38
Delmont Avenue (westbound) curb (right) West of Delmont Avenue intersection
Roxbury Road (eastbound) curb (right) West of Roxbury Road intersection
Emily Street (westbound) curb (right) West of Emily/Rosalind intersection
Garfield Road (eastbound) curb (right) At Garfield Road intersection
Superior Avenue 2 curb (right) East of Superior Avenue intersection
Adjacent to the Superior Avenue station
Connections: RTA Red Line, bus routes 3 and 40
Eddy Road (westbound) curb (right) At Eddy/Wellesley intersection
Wellesley Avenue (eastbound) curb (right) At Eddy/Wellesley intersection
Lakefront Road (westbound) curb (right) At Lakefront intersection
Belmore Avenue (eastbound) curb (right) At Belmore intersection
Last eastbound station on Euclid Avenue
Debra Ann Lane (westbound) curb (right) At Debra Ann Lane intersection
First westbound station on Euclid Avenue
Louis Stokes Station at Windermere (or Stokes–Windermere) curb (right) Eastern terminus of HealthLine
Connections: RTA Red Line (eastern terminus), bus lines 3, 28, 28A, 30, 37, 41, 41F
41°31′50″N 81°35′6″W / 41.53056°N 81.58500°W / 41.53056; -81.58500

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.metroplanning.org/news-events/blog-post/6203; Accessed: February 28, 2012
  2. ^ "RTA HealthLine" (Flash). Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. Retrieved 2008-10-24.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Clinic, UH pay to name Euclid Corridor buses. The Plain Dealer. Retrieved on March 4, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Where it goes" - http://www.gcrta.org/healthline/healthline-flash.html
  5. ^ "Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority". www.riderta.com. Retrieved 2015-04-12.
  6. ^ Litt, Steven (2009-11-29). "RTA's Euclid Avenue HealthLine is faring well in ridership, innovation". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2009-11-30.
  7. ^ Malouff, Dan (2013-01-17). "The US has only 5 true BRT corridors, and none are "gold"". Greater Greater Washington. Retrieved 2013-04-19.
  8. ^ "What it is - Station" - http://www.gcrta.org/healthline/healthline-flash.html
  9. ^ Rapid Transit Vehicles - http://euclidtransit.org/rapid_transit_system/euclid_corridor_vehicles.asp
  10. ^ McIntyre, Michael (17 July 2010). "Cleveland allows RTA buses to drive faster on Euclid Avenue". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  11. ^ Farkas, Karen (6 July 2010). "HealthLine buses moving slower than expected on Euclid Avenue". Cleveland Plain Dealer Blog. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  12. ^ Ross, Benjamin. "Big Philanthropy Takes the Bus". Dissent Magazine. Dissent Magazine. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  13. ^ RTA HealthLine - http://www.gcrta.org/healthline/healthline-flash.html
  14. ^ "What it is - Vehicle" - http://www.gcrta.org/healthline/healthline-flash.html
  15. ^ Euclid Corridor Transportation Project - http://euclidtransit.org/rapid_transit_system/euclid_corridor_vehicles.asp
  16. ^ "Schedule Effective April 21, 2013" - http://www.riderta.com/sites/default/files/schedule-pdfs/HealthLine.pdf

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