BRT Case Study: Cleveland, Ohio
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Cleveland Health Line
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MPC Research Assistant James Szczybor contributed to this post.
Name: Euclid Corridor Transportation Project / HealthLine
Managing Entity: Greater Cleveland RegionTransit Authority ( RTA )
Opening Year: 2008
System Length: 7.1 miles
Key characteristics: Off-board fare collection, median-aligned dedicated
bus-only lanes, at-level boarding
Average bus speeds along corridor before:
Average bus speeds along corridor after:
12.5 mph (13.5 mph in exclusive lane section)
Speed increase: 34%
Average time savings: 12 minutes
Ridership increases: 60%
Project Cost: $200 million
Cost per mile: $7 million/mile
Weekday Ridership: 14,367
Cleveland’s Healthline sports the highest ITDP rating of the BRT systems in the United States. Showing high increases in ridership and speed of travel, Cleveland’s BRT system also addressed the communities adjacent to BRT lines. The Euclid Avenue corridor experienced $4.3 billion of real estate investment along the heavily traveled BRT line.