West 3rd (RTA Rapid Transit station)
|light rail station|
|Location||789 West 3rd Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
|Owned by||Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Structure type||At grade|
|Opened||August 12, 1999|
West 3rd Street Station at FirstEnergy Stadium (commonly abbreviated to West 3rd–Stadium Rapid Station) is a station on the RTA Waterfront Line portion of the Blue and Green Lines in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The station is located on the east side of West 3rd Street and south of the westboard exit ramp of the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway. The station primarily serves as a destination for those going to Cleveland Browns football games and as an access for those leaving the games.
The station's main entrance is from the north platform on its west side from West 3rd Street. There is a small station lobby with an attendant booth (usually unattended) and an elevator and stairs leading down to the north side platform. There are also ramps on its north side from West 3rd Street and from Lerner Way adjacent to FirstEnergy Stadium. These ramps are usually closed except during Browns games, and there are multiple faregates to handle crowds using the station during the games. Access to the south platform is by crossings that extend across both tracks at each end of the south platform.
Foundations for the station were put in place when the Waterfront Line was constructed, but there was no station when the Waterfront Line opened on July 10, 1996, since Cleveland Municipal Stadium was being demolished and construction of FirstEnergy Stadium had not yet begun. The $5 million station was later completed and opened on August 12, 1999, in time for the first home game.
Notable places nearby
- FirstEnergy Stadium (formerly Cleveland Browns Stadium)
- Justice Center
- The Warehouse District
- Port of Cleveland
- Great Lakes Science Center
Station in foreground with FirstEnergy Stadium in background.