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GCRTA's Brookpark Station Reopens After Renovation

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) celebrated the completion of renovations to its busiest station, the Brookpark Station on the Red Line, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 23.

“The station is now modern, accessible, convenient, safe and first-class,” said RTA Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Joe Calabrese at the event. “Our customers love that this station is big, it’s bright and has an open feel; they love the use of glass and bright lights and they truly appreciate the amenities.”

RTA serves more than 750,000 annual customers at Brookpark, with 200 trains each day.

New elements of the $16.5 million project include a tunnel underneath the existing RTA and freight railroad tracks that connects the east and west entrances; a new rail platform; a convenient bus interface where three bus routes connect to and from the Red Line; expansive sidewalks and entrances with new landscaping; enhanced passenger indoor and outdoor waiting areas; additional emergency call boxes in the station and parking lots; real-time information signage; and 1,300 parking spaces.

Calabrese also noted the station’s convenient location and quick access to downtown Cleveland. “It has become one of our customers’ favorite places to park and board the Red Line to head downtown to see the Indians, Cavs and the Browns, or to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” he said. “The ride on the Red Line has definitely become part of the fun of attending an event downtown.”

Greater Cleveland RTA CEO and General Manager Joe Calabrese, third from left, and board President George F. Dixon III, right, join other board members and local officials at ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the new Brookpark Rapid Station near Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

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