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New RTA station decades in the making

New RTA station opens in Little Italy-University Circle (Source: WOIO) New RTA station opens in Little Italy-University Circle (Source: WOIO)
Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for new RTA station (Source: WOIO) Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for new RTA station (Source: WOIO)
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The cutting of red ribbon by city and transportation leaders marks a change decades in the making. RTA has officially opened the new Little Italy-University Circle Red Line station, and passengers are pleased.

"The other one didn't have an elevator. Also, the other one had a stench. It was just older you can tell it was older," said Shayna Smith.

"I think this station is really great and really modern. The first new station in forty years I believe," Jeff Brown said.

It is the first addition on the Red Line in 46 years, actually.

The $15 million improvement replaces the old station at Euclid Avenue and East 120th Street.

Now it is in the heart of Little Italy, connecting the community to downtown Cleveland

"It's a 14 minute ride. Very convenient," said RTA General Manager Joseph Calabrese. "Before most people get out of their parking lot you could be down
here enjoying Little Italy."

The new platform is better lit than the old one located a third of a mile away and has plenty of surveillance cameras.

Jeff Brown did find one problem.

"The biggest con I can think of is that it is not by the Healthline," Brown said. "So for lower income residents it makes it inconvenient because the closest stop now is the one off Cedar."

The old station at East 120th will closed Wednesday and will eventually be demolished.

It's not a coincidence the new platform opened Tuesday.

100,000 people are expected to attend Feast of the Assumption this weekend.

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