Warrensville–Van Aken (RTA Rapid Transit station)
|RTA light rail station|
|Location||3470 Warrensville Center Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
|Owned by||Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority|
|Platforms||1 island platform|
|Connections||RTA Bus: 5, 14, 27F, 41|
|Structure type||At grade|
|Opened||July 30, 1930|
|Rebuilt||October 30, 1981|
The station is located at the median of Van Aken Boulevard near the intersection of Warrensville Center Road, Chagrin Boulevard (U.S. Route 422), Van Aken Boulevard, and Northfield Road (Ohio State Route 8) in Shaker Heights.
The station is 0.9 mile (1.4 km) south of Warrensville – Shaker station on the Green Line.
Notable places nearby
- Thornton Park
- Van Aken Center
- Highland Park Cemetery
The station opened when the Van Aken line was extended east from Lynnfield Road. The extension opened on July 30, 1930 at the same time that trains began using Cleveland Union Terminal. The station originally included a car yard with a reverse U for turning the trains around. A passenger station building was constructed within the radius of reverse loop in 1932. However, because of the need to generate income, the building was never used as a passenger station but was leased for use as a Texaco service station. Today, the building houses a Starbucks coffeehouse. In 1948, the reverse U was replaced by a regular turnaround loop.
In 1980 and 1981, the Green and Blue Lines were completely renovated with new track, ballast, poles and wiring, and new stations were built along the line. The Warrensville station was rebuilt with a new platforms, a new car yard and a new power substation. The renovated line along Van Aken Boulevard opened on October 30, 1981.
The car yard was not needed after RTA opened its Central Rail Maintenance Facility on April 29, 1984 at East 55th Street. The loop was closed after RTA ended its use of PCC cars and relied completely upon the LRVs that comprise the current fleet.
There have been several proposals to extend the Blue Line beyond Warrensville station.
The proposal most recently considered would be a 2-mile (3-km) extension into and around the 600-acre (2.4-km²) Chagrin Highlands development near Harvard Road and I-271. The proposed route would travel along Northfield Road south, and then turns east along Mill Creek Pond Dr., traveling parallel to Harvard Road. The line would terminate somewhere between Richmond and Green Roads.
- Toman, James (1990). The Shaker Heights Rapid Transit. Glendale, Calif.: Interurban Press. p. 45. ISBN 0-916374-95-5.
- Toman (1990). p. 59.
- Toman (1990). p. 76.
- Toman (1990). p. 111.
- "About RTA: History of Public Transit in Greater Cleveland". RTA Website. Retrieved 2007-06-30.
- "Transit 2025 Plan" (PDF). Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. March 2006, ch. 4. p. 3. Check date values in:
- "Greater Cleveland RTA rail planning updates". Transportation Choices. EcoCity Cleveland. Retrieved 2007-06-20.