West 65th – Lorain (RTA Rapid Transit station)

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W.65 - Lorain
GCRTA wordmark logo.svg  Red Line  rapid transit station
West 65th Cleveland RTA station.jpg
Location 6200 Corona Court
Cleveland, OH 44102
Coordinates 41°28′37″N 81°43′43″W / 41.47694°N 81.72861°W / 41.47694; -81.72861Coordinates: 41°28′37″N 81°43′43″W / 41.47694°N 81.72861°W / 41.47694; -81.72861
Owned by Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Line(s)
Platforms 1 island platform
Tracks 2
Connections GCRTA wordmark logo.svg Bus transport 22 (Lorain Ave.)
GCRTA wordmark logo.svg Bus transport 45 (Ridge)
Construction
Structure type Below grade
Parking 21 spaces[1]
Disabled access Yes
History
Opened August 14, 1955
Rebuilt September 21, 2004
Previous names West 65th–Madison
Services
Preceding station   GCRTA wordmark logo.svg Rapid Transit   Following station
toward Airport
Red
Line
Location
West 65th–Lorain is located in Cleveland
West 65th–Lorain
West 65th–Lorain
Location within Cleveland
Former Services
1955-1978
Services
  Former services  
Preceding station   GCRTA wordmark logo.svg Rapid Transit   Following station
toward Airport
Airport-Windermere Line
1975-1978
toward Windermere
Cleveland Transit System
toward Airport
CTS Rapid Transit
1955-1975
toward Windermere

West 65th–Lorain is a station on the RTA Red Line in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. It is located between Lorain Avenue (Ohio State Route 10) and Madison Avenue at West 61st Street.

Station sign

The station comprises a main headhouse having an entrance at the corner of West 61st Street and Lawn Avenue. The platform extends northwest from the main station house with an alternate entrance from Madison Avenue near West 65th Street. There are a limited number of parking spaces provided along West 61st Street between the station entrance and Lorain Avenue.

Notable places nearby[edit]

EcoVillage[edit]

The present station opened in 2004 was constructed as a result of the Cleveland EcoVillage project as a catalyst for neighborhood development and to promote the use of environmentally-friendly transportation. The EcoVillage project, a partnership between the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization and EcoCity Cleveland, promotes the development of homes and businesses that incorporate the latest environmental thinking and are expressly linked to transit—so EcoVillage residents can live, shop, and work within a in a compact neighborhood that gives people convenient access to transit options. The rapid transit station is intended to be the centerpiece for an urban neighborhood rebuilding with the environment in mind.[2]

History[edit]

The station opened on August 14, 1955 when the west side portion of the CTS Rapid Transit began operation.[3] Ridership dwindled by the 1990s, and RTA considered closing the station.[4][not in citation given]

Instead, the EcoVillage project was formed and worked on a proposal to rebuild the station as part of a neighborhood renovation project.[5] The new $4-million station opened on September 21, 2004. The cornerstone of a public-private partnership, EcoVillage is believed to be one of the first "green” rail stations in the country.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007 Park-and-Ride Inventory/Survey, NOACA 2006 Transit Network Guide, June 2007, p. 29.
  2. ^ EcoCity Cleveland (March 2004). "New RTA Rapid station will be catalyst for EcoVillage development". Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  3. ^ "About RTA: History of Public Transit in Greater Cleveland". RTA Website. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  4. ^ Sweeney, James F. (October 27, 1999). "RTA considers closing 3 stations on Red Line". The Plain Dealer. p. 3B. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  5. ^ Nichols, Jim (May 2, 1999). "Neighborhood back on track new rapid station seen as catalyst at W. 65th-Lorain". The Plain Dealer. p. 1B. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  6. ^ "W. 65th St. rail station opens; Cornerstone of EcoVillage and neighborhood revitalization effort" (Press release). Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. November 21, 2004. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 

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