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Out with the Old, In with the New in Cleveland

Representatives of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and the city of Shaker Heights broke ground June 25 to launch construction on a new station at Lee Road and Van Aken Boulevard. The project includes demolition of the current Van Aken-Lee Station, one of the busiest on the Blue Line, and replacement with an updated facility.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the reconstruction of this important station on the Blue Line for both RTA and for the city of Shaker Heights,” said Joe Calabrese, RTA chief executive officer and general manager/secretary-treasurer. “This station is being designed to fit in with the unique characteristics of the Shaker Heights community and when completed, with two elevators, it will be entirely equipped for all of our customers.”

Construction of the new station is part of the Shaker Heights Van Aken-Lee Terminal Transit-Oriented Development Plan completed by RTA and the city. It will function as a major destination within Shaker Heights, providing improved amenities for passengers waiting to transfer to either rail or bus service.

The overall architectural design of the new structure takes its inspiration from the quality of design in nearby buildings and includes waiting pavilions united by a trellis arch structure. The station will remain open throughout construction, with a temporary access to be constructed west of the existing facility.

Amenities of the new station will include new passenger loading platforms and access; weather-protected vestibules at both entrances, connecting to both elevators and stairs; and information and security enhancements.

RTA expects construction to take 18 months on the $5.4 million project, of which the federal government is ­covering 80 percent.

Work has begun on demolition of the existing RTA station at Lee Road and Van Aken Boulevard in Shaker Heights, to be followed by construction of a new facility with additional amenities.

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