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GCRTA Opens Rail Station in Slavic Village Neighborhood

For the first time, the Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland has its own rail station—the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s (GCRTA) East 55th Street Rapid Station. In the past, residents had to cross a busy intersection and walk directly to the tracks to board GCRTA’s rapid transit vehicles.

The $9.4 million facility, accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act, stands on the southeast corner of I-490 and East 55th Street, which is the same side of the street as the residential area. East 55th is unique because it is one of the few locations that serves the Red Line as well as the Blue and Green lines, connecting east side and west side transit, and also offers bus connections.

GCRTA received extensive community input for the design of the new station, which incorporates colors and details that echo churches and architecture in the area. The modern design looks to the future of the surrounding neighborhood, with a stone façade similar to the many churches in the vicinity.

Also new to the site are a parking lot; an entrance that allows buses and automobiles to drop off passengers right at the door of the station; a center platform, more than 800 feet long, that allows convenient transfer among the rail transit lines without riders having to cross the tracks; and a pickup/dropoff loop where cars and buses can connect with rail service.

Public art surrounds the facility, with the structure’s purple and cement façade serving as an artwork itself. Art featured includes a mural titled “Space, Speed and Time,” along with red figures that appear to move as a train arrives and departs the station.

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