Clifton Boulevard Bus Project Back on the Table

City, RTA officials hosting public meeting at the Woman’s Club Pavilion on Nov. 14 to discuss the scaled-down proposal.

Tree-lined medians aren’t coming to Clifton Boulevard, but plans for several other upgrades to the No. 55 route are back on the table.

Brick bus stations, GPS arrival monitors and safety video-phones are among the plans designed to enhance the 3-mile stretch in Lakewood. 

City and RTA officials are hosting a public meeting to discuss the proposal at a community meeting at the Woman’s Club Pavilion at Lakewood Park on Nov. 14.

Lakewood’s investment would be "capped at $50,000 for nearly $950,000 of federally funded improvements," according to a news release. The city would “redirect” other transportation funds to pay for its share.

“This is an opportunity to improve Clifton with a much smaller investment while keeping our options open for future projects funded by state and federal dollars,” said Summers in the statement.

An original plan included a tree-lined median and required a local match required of Lakewood would have been $486,000 for the $8 million enhancement project.

“It wasn’t at all clear what the benefits we’d get for our $486,000 and this project, other than a few new bus stops,” Summers told Lakewood Patch last year. “It was an easy decision for us not to proceed with the project.”

Furthermore, federal restrictions limited the amount of space of the median.

Instead of that plan, Lakewood agreed to pay only $50,000 and still get several upgrades to 2.9 miles of Clifton Boulevard.

But last year, the state rejected the scaled-down plan, following some back-and-forth negotiations between the city of Lakewood, RTA, ODOT and the city of Cleveland. 

But there’s still a need for improvements, city officials have said. 

Earlier this year, RTA increased the frequency of the No. 55 bus route on Clifton Boulevard.

The meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 14. 

Ryan Birth November 09, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I can't say I disagree and that would be my argument if I were in your position. You originally stated to help elderly. My only argument now would be...don't spend money downtown! Spend it in the great city of Lakewood! Ha.
Ryan Birth November 09, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Also, running additional services might not be up to the city. RTA, must feel that the number of riders on the weekend vs. the number of weekly riders does not provide enough income to sustain the costs of fuel, maintenance, salary, etc. that would be the numbers you would have to research. It's not always applicable to provide additional services if the demand isn't high enough. Especially when they are busy terminating drivers for fighting (ha ha). I'm just playing devils advocate here is all. Maybe pointing out some facts that need to be researched further. I hope whatever happens it benefits the community as a whole
ian king November 09, 2012 at 03:39 PM
HI Ryan - totally agree! Now if we could only get a really good, decent Asian restaurant in downtown Lakewood - that would I think really enhance our growing gourmet scene --- something like Ty Fun in Tremont or Bac in Tremont or Gai Lai in Legacy Village - then I would spend more $$ in downtown Lakewood for sure. Places that offer a more hipper vibe, more attractive eat-in decor than just a local take-out Asian joint -- that may need a quick cleaning! Yeck, even a healthy chain like Pei Wei - owned by PF Chang - would be a welcome to downtown Lakewood.
Steve November 09, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Does not RTA run at a deficit every year costing US tax payers money??? Their top priority should be increaded riders, not less. Just saying...
Steve November 09, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Sorry, increased...


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