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BRT Case Study: Cleveland, Ohio

Photo by: Center for Neighborhood Technology

Cleveland Health Line

MPC is highlighting true BRT practices in the United States with a series of case studies based on ITDP’s report, Recapturing Global Leadership in Bus Rapid Transit. On Aug. 17, 2011, MPC will release its own report Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago’s New Route to Opportunity. Register for the event today.

MPC Research Assistant James Szczybor contributed to this post.

Cleveland, Ohio

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:
9.3 mph

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.


  1. 1. Carmen Vidal-Hallett from Chicago on August 2, 2011

    In July of 2004, Mark Hallett, photo-journalist and I spent a month in Curitiba with a Graham Foundation Grant to learn about Curitiba's sustainability and BRT system. Our most important discovery was that BRT not only is a great transit solution that makes it's inhabitants to leave their cars behind but that BRT is a major driving force that has transformed Curitiba in one of the most sustainable city examples in the world with a small affordable cost to the municipality. Mark and I are glad to know that after our numerous presentations about Curitiba, Chicago is getting inspiration and exploring BRT. Carmen Vidal-Hallett, architect and urban planner, President at EcoVidalDesign, Inc.

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