RTA Holds Public Meeting to begin Clifton Project

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Officials of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will host a meeting on April 7 to begin a public involvement process about the upcoming transit project on Clifton Boulevard.

The meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, at the Emerson Elementary School, 13439 Clifton Blvd., Lakewood.

Working with RTA, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-10) has requested a FY2011 appropriations earmark of $5.0 million for the construction of the Clifton Boulevard Transit Enhancement Project in the cities of Cleveland and Lakewood.

The project covers a little more than four miles of Clifton Boulevard, from the end of the West Shoreway to the Lakewood/Rocky River border. The goal is to make Clifton Boulevard more pedestrian friendly and visually pleasant with a landscaped medium, 30 upgraded curbside stations and dedicated bus lanes during rush hours.

The attractive curbside stations will fit into the neighborhoods, RTA says. They will "be designed to reflect the architectural characteristics of their neighborhoods in concert with residents and stakeholders. The stations will reflect current practices in urban design, sustainability and incorporate appropriate green technology."

RTA says the design will be developed during meetings with planners, residents, stakeholders and community leaders.

The project will also include a transit-priority-based traffic signal system that uses current RTA activation technology, a 3M GPS-based system.

Clifton has always been a popular transit corridor. About 90 percent of residents in Lakewood live within a 10-minute walk to a bus stop. Over the past few years, bus routes on Clifton Boulevard have supplied about 600,000 rides annually.

Total construction cost of the project will depend on enhancements included in the final design.

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