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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. 

Concerned Citizen November 08, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Clifton Blvd is not broken. Do NOT fix it, please.
Michael Rice November 08, 2012 at 04:15 PM
How about using your name if you are so concerned?
ian king November 09, 2012 at 07:20 AM
hi all - lets forget about the sugar coating visuals for now. how about advocating for the weekend service return for route 55!!! what ridiculous anti-use planning mindset allows for one of the most popular bus routes - the 55 - to not run on the weekend into downtown cleveland from the west side? only the retro planners at rta would think this is a good idea. most cities want to increase - not decrease - access to public transit on weekends. if you work, go to school, want to attend events, etc. in downtown cleveland from lakewood on a sat or sun, good luck using public transit! you don't have any bus on madison nor on clifton. you have to walk to detroit and ride the over-crowded and sloooow 26 to downtown. it can easily take over an hour to get to downtown from lakewood on a sat/sun. AND what idiot at rta decided to use only single buses - not the longer buses on the weekend? they are dirty, over-crowded, slow and discourage future use. come on rta, return the 55 to service on the weekend and use the larger buses on route 26 on the weekends. don't continue to abuse/punish your ridership and still charge us a very high fare of $ 2.25 each way!
ian king November 09, 2012 at 07:25 AM
oh yeh, how about lakewood spending that $ 50,000 on a convenient shuttle around town? as our city population continues to age, a local shuttle would be the smart way to encourage ridership to local businesses. when will lakewood reinstitute the shuttle service - if not everyday, how about weekends - and on a schedule that is convenient/timely?
Ryan Birth November 09, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Ian, although I agree that it would be nice to have more convenient and practical forms of transportation here in the city $50,000 is a small investment in this project. Interestingly enough Lakewood has the fastest growth rate ages 25-34 than any other city in Ohio. Much of the elderly in Lakewood has transportation provided to them now through the division of aging or westerly complex. I think the city has been making excellent decision as of late and I'm interested in hearing the specifics of this current plan. It does seem a lot better than the original plan which mimicked the Euclid corridor project.
ian king November 09, 2012 at 02:50 PM
HI Ryan - good comments. I agree this is better than the first time around, but not having ANY 55 weekend service is ridiculous and very anti-growth. If it is true that Lakewood has the fastest growth rate among those under 35 in all of Ohio, this would only support MORE bus service on weekends, as access to downtown bars, restaurants, entertainment would be much safer if those under 35 took public transit than drove their cars. When will our Mayor and City Council fight for returning the route 55 to the weekend for those of us who don't have cars, don't want to drive drunk, and want to spend some $$ in downtown/University Circle on the weekends? How can a city call it itself pro-business when one of the biggest incentives/enablers for pro-business = easy access to public transit - is denied/nonexistent in Lakewood on weekends?
Ryan Birth November 09, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I can't say I disagree and that would be my argument if I were in your position. You originally stated to help elderly. My only argument now would be...don't spend money downtown! Spend it in the great city of Lakewood! Ha.
Ryan Birth November 09, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Also, running additional services might not be up to the city. RTA, must feel that the number of riders on the weekend vs. the number of weekly riders does not provide enough income to sustain the costs of fuel, maintenance, salary, etc. that would be the numbers you would have to research. It's not always applicable to provide additional services if the demand isn't high enough. Especially when they are busy terminating drivers for fighting (ha ha). I'm just playing devils advocate here is all. Maybe pointing out some facts that need to be researched further. I hope whatever happens it benefits the community as a whole
ian king November 09, 2012 at 03:39 PM
HI Ryan - totally agree! Now if we could only get a really good, decent Asian restaurant in downtown Lakewood - that would I think really enhance our growing gourmet scene --- something like Ty Fun in Tremont or Bac in Tremont or Gai Lai in Legacy Village - then I would spend more $$ 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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