HealthLine

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HealthLine 1.jpg
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
Ridership14,367 [1]
Route map

Public Square/West Roadway
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 Red Line (Cleveland)
Eddy Road/Wellesley Avenue
Lakefront Road/Belmore Avenue
Debra Ann Lane
Louis Stokes–Windermere Red Line (Cleveland)
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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 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.[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.

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.[6]

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.[7] Only the Albuquerque Rapid Transit has achieved the top rating of Gold.

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]

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.

Schedule[edit]

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.[16]

Stations[edit]

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 41°29′58″N 81°41′31″W / 41.49944°N 81.69194°W / 41.49944; -81.69194
East 6th Street Median (left) 41°30′0″N 81°41′20″W / 41.50000°N 81.68889°W / 41.50000; -81.68889
East 9th Street Median (left) 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) 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) 41°30′16″N 81°38′45″W / 41.50444°N 81.64583°W / 41.50444; -81.64583
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 41°30′24″N 81°36′29″W / 41.50667°N 81.60806°W / 41.50667; -81.60806
Cornell Road 2 curb (right) Serves University Hospitals RTA Bus: 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) 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
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. ^ "The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) | National Transit Database". www.nationaltransitdatabase.org. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  7. ^ "Institute for Transportation and Development Policy". Transport Matters. Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. 2017-11-27. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  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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