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  1. When you check out this link, make sure to also rotate the view around and remind yourself of the barf-tastic "modernization" of what has now been lovingly restored as the Kimpton Schofield (southwest corner of East 9th and Euclid). Even uglier than the old JHB, and much larger and more prominent. It's just stunning that anyone ever thought that was an improvement.
  2. I like both of those routes a lot. There are two main reasons I have the Lorain - Downtown CLE - Solon Commuter Rail prioritized above them: 1. It connects more people to more jobs. I’m pretty sure Solon is the third largest job center in Cuyahoga County, maybe even in Northeast Ohio. It’s both manufacturing and corporate jobs. I think there would be significant reverse commuters. And because it is on existing, well maintained tracks, start up costs are reasonable. 2. It would serve many people who do not currently use public transit. I believe this would increase the political support for transit across the area, thus making it more feasible to pass levies to invest in transit.
  3. ^Potential discussion points: 1. What do you like about these routes? What would you do differently? 2. What other transit lines would do? 3. How would you prioritize these and other transit projects?
  4. Here's the first draft of my version of the rail transit system we should aspire to. It includes light rail new lines and extensions as well as several commuter rail lines. (I added stations on some lines and not yet on others.) I'd be interested in feedback and suggestions. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vHvgpk4iMQsCPFCiAGs9W5wW06jQYaIq&usp=sharing Phases: 1. Replace rail fleet (obviously) 2. Downtown transit center (per @KJP 's outline) 3. Commuter Rail: Lorain - Downtown Cleveland - Solon 4. Extend CVSR to downtown 5. Loop Waterfront line down E. 17th to Prospect to 21st (interchange w STJ Bus Transit Center) over Innerbelt, along Community College Ave through Tri-C campus, down E30th connecting back to Blue/Gren lines near existing Tri-C Station. (E17th would be closed to through traffic.) 6. Commuter Rail: Elyria - Hopkins Airport - downtown Cleveland - Lake County 7. Detroit Superior line phase 1 - from Lake Ave along Detroit, tunnel near W28th to lower level of Detroit Superior Bridge, along Superior, than branching to Prospect to a tunnel to Tower City Center station. (Thanks, Ken) 8. Detroit Superior line phase 2 - extend from Lake Ave. to West Blvd RTA, and through downtown extend through or under Public Square along Superior to the E 17th Waterfront line loop. (Later extensions would take this line through Lakewood to Rocky River and through AsiaTown out to E. 39th to connect to Commuter Rail, allowing for a single transfer to get Commuter Rail riders to the CBD). I'm still thinking about how I'd prioritize other projects included on this map: - Dual Hub from downtown to UC to Shaker Square. I modified the route to follow Prospect to CSU before jogging up to Euclid. This puts a bit more space between it and the Superior line between E9 and E21st, and also allows for bus connections at STJ transit center (Prospect and E21st). - Scranton Peninsula / Tremont / Steelyard light rail / streetcar ( @KJP - how close am I to your routing for this line? I wasn't quite sure where you were suggesting to go over 490 and down the hill to Steelyard. I also extended the line south to and west along Denison to connect back up with the W 25th line.) - W 25th streetcar (joins Detroit Superior line through downtown) - Blue line extension to 271 or 480 (the latter connects to Solon Commuter Rail) - Heights line from UC up Cedar Hill, along Euclid Heights, along Mayfield Rd, south on Warrensville all the way to the Blue line, and then along one of the potential Blue line extensions. - Original Western freeway (I-90 west) line from the Triskett Red line station and a separate line through Garfield Heights / Maple Heights - Infill stations on Red line downtown and elsewhere. - Commuter Rail to Akron, CAK airport, and Canton. Primary routing via Macedonia / Hudson / Cuyahoga Falls. Secondary routing as an option via Twinsburg / Streetsboro / Kent / Tallmadge. And just to clarify, this would be in my top 3 as far as importance. The challenge is that it would be one of the more expensive projects on this list due to the Hudson to Akron track not being up to par. - Green line extension to 271. Ideally this would continue beyond what I put on the map, perhaps up to Beachwood Mall and then over to Landerhaven office park in Mayfield Heights, then up to Hillcrest Hospital. - I'd really like to have an East / West connection to divert 480 traffic and give another route to the airport, but I'm not sure what would be a practical route for that corridor. Downtown (and immediate neighborhoods): All proposed LRT / HRT, plus Commuter Rail in the city and inner ring suburbs: Commuter Rail (plus CVSR and Red Line for reference):
  5. Thanks, that makes sense. One of the volunteers mentioned something about a water main break and how it was being worked on one section at a time. This was our first Detroit subway tour so I didn’t realize what we were missing. I’m hoping the project on the county land there maintains the ability to have subway access in the future. It’d be great to use that bridge for what it was meant for - streetcars. I made my kids write “subway” on the “what should we do w the lower level of the bridge?” comment boards that were set up at both ends of the bridge.
  6. I took my kids to the Detroit Superior Bridge tour today (which was great) and afterwards stuck my head in the Ohio City Galley Food Hall on the Detroit W25th intersection. It looks very nice. Curiosity took me down the stairs towards the old subway station. After one flight, it has a “construction entrance only” fence. Is there something being worked on in the old subway station or the lower level of the building?
  7. Here’s an interesting article on the many transportation projects that LA is working on and the relation to the 2028 Olympics. One particularly interesting thing to me is that the ‘84 LA Olympics actually turned a profit (the only Olympics to do so). https://archpaper.com/2019/06/2028-olympics-los-angeles/
  8. I did some internet digging - here's the article I was remembering: https://www.cleveland.com/business/2015/01/first_look_nucleus_project_ren.html#incart_m-rpt-1 By Michelle Jarboe, The Plain Dealer CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A residential tower at the nuCLEus project in downtown Cleveland could stand 54 stories -- or 647 feet -- high, making it the city's fourth-tallest building. ****** Side note for those less familiar (I know you know this, Ken), current tallest in CLE are: Key Tower 947 ft, Terminal Tower 771 ft, 200 Public Square 658 ft (so the original NuCLEus plan was only a bit shorter), Tower at Erieview 529 ft. All of which will slide down a slot once SW builds their new HQ. Hopefully.
  9. 15 minutes of google searching and the only other as-convenient National Park I’ve found is the National Mall in DC, which kinda seems like cheating on the National Park front. I did LOL at the article I found that credited Detroit w being only 2.5 hours from a National Park, specifically the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. (Cleveland was mentioned in the fine print of that blurb.)
  10. This got me thinking - how many big downtowns are a 15 minute train ride from a National Park?
  11. "But it has already been substantially scaled down from a $500+ million project that would have put the city's second-tallest skyscraper on downtown's second-biggest parking crater, across Huron Road from the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse." Hey @KJP - wasn't the original plan set to be the fourth-tallest building downtown? (And fifth tallest in the state, LOL.) Did I miss something?
  12. This expansion would primarily be specifically for the niche it already fills, just for many more people (estimated 300K riders / year instead of current 200K IIRC). (Just to be clear, that niche being to get visitors into the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, especially people who might not otherwise have that opportunity.) Some people might use it as a rail connection between downtown Cleveland and downtown Akron, but that will likely be a minor subset of riders. It is too slow and doesn't have (or desire) the requisite TOD or park-and-ride lots to generate substantial commuting ridership. All that said, if it does end up carrying a bunch of commuters, it would certainly help in building the political will to invest in a proper commuter rail system in this area.
  13. https://expo.cleveland.com/life-and-culture/g66l-2019/06/468d8322526756/cleveland-history-days-celebrates-rich-heritage-with-10-days-of-tours-events-full-schedule.html Cleveland History Days celebrates rich heritage with 10 days of tours, events (full schedule) This is a heck of a lineup. Thanks to anyone who might have been involved in setting it up.
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