University Circle Transportation Alerts

September 1st - January 1st, 2015

MLK/E-105th Traffic Pattern Change
Beginning Friday, August 8, 2014, closures on MLK Jr. Dr., Jeptha Dr., and East Blvd. will impact  traffic patterns east of the E. 105th St. and MLK Jr. Dr. intersection.

 - MLK Jr. Dr. will be limited to southbound traffic only from E. 105th St. to Chester Ave   
- Jeptha Dr. will be limited to eastbound traffic only from MLK Jr. Dr. to the driveway of the Cleveland Museum of Art.  
- East Blvd. will be closed in both directions at the MLK Jr. Dr./East Blvd. intersection. Local access to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the VA Hospital will be maintained.

Buses (66R) replace trains on the Red Line
Work on the tracks over the new Little Italy - University Circle Rapid Station has been hampered by storms, and is taking a little longer than expected. So, 66R buses will continue to replace Red Line rail service between the Cedar - University Rapid Station and the Louis Stokes Station at Windermere. We appreciate your patience and support. We are all looking forward to the start of regular Red Line service.

RTA Quarterly Service Changes
As of December 15, 2013, the timetables for several transit routes that service University Circle will be adjusted.  Please visit the RTA website for more information on these changes.

MLK, Jr. Drive / E. 105th Street Reconstruction
Two-way traffic on MLK, Jr. Drive continues to be maintained during the current construction stage. One lane of north and southbound traffic will be maintained on the east side of E. 105th Street through the winter.  Northbound traffic will still be able to make left-hand turns at MLK.  Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works and general contractor Terrace Construction have installed message boards to alert travelers to these changes. This work zone will remain in place until spring 2014.  
Mt. Sinai Drive, west East 105th Street, which has been closed since January 2013, will remain closed until spring 2014.  In the meantime, please note posted detours and continued lack of access to Mt. Sinai Drive off of East 105th Street.  All access to Mt. Sinai Drive will be via E. 101st Street/Ansel Road.
For any direct inquiries to the project team, please contact Pat Lynch at the Department of Public Works (, 216-348-3836) or Mark Adzema at Terrace Construction (, 216-739-3170).

Little Italy – University Circle Rapid Station
RTA broke ground in October 2013 on the new Little Italy – University Circle Rapid Station on Mayfield Road.  The new station will replace the existing E. 120th Street Station and is expected to open in fall 2015.  The $17.5 million station features a single platform headhouse and entrance plaza, complying with current ADA requirements, a heavy-duty elevator and stairway from the street level up to the platform and waiting areas, and several public art components that will both illuminate the station and better blend the station with the adjacent neighborhoods.  The station will provide more direct connections to the Little Italy business district and the rapidly developing Uptown neighborhood.
RTA Launches Red Line / HealthLine Extension Study
RTA is exploring options to extend the Red Line and/or HealthLine east into Euclid, closer to the Lake County line. RTA and their consultant team began a study the week of September 10th with a series of public meetings and will continue to seek public input throughout the planning process.  For more information on the study and public engagement opportunities, visit

Cedar Avenue Reconstruction Project & Shuttle Route Changes
Construction on Phase 2 of the Cedar Avenue Reconstruction Project – from East 89th Street to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive – began on January 29, 2013 and is scheduled for completion in June 2014.  One-way, east-bound, traffic will be maintained in this area for the duration of the project.  The 1.3 mile rehabilitation project will include full-width reconstruction, a new 12 inch water line, new curbs, sidewalks and driveways, replacement of existing catch basins, and ADA compliant ramps at all non-compliant locations.  Due to the change in traffic patterns, the UCRC bus route will only be able to service the south side of Cedar Avenue.   This impacts several buildings and lots along Cedar, between MLK and E. 105th Street.  If your location is on the north side of the street, please cross Cedar at the nearest crosswalk to find your stop.  Contact Martin Reese, Project Manager, at 216.664.2971 with any questions or concerns about the roadway project.

Cedar - University Rapid Station
RTA broke ground Sept. 19, 2012, on the reconstruction of the Cedar - University Red Line Rapid Station. The station and bus terminal remain open during construction, with periodic detours.  Beginning Monday, November 5th, the station's north side entrance and bus lane closed. Customers now use the station's south side Red Line entrance and "bus loop," as both will remain open. ADA customers are encouraged to use the Red Line Stations at E. 105/Quincy, Superior or Stokes/Windermere, or ride the HealthLine in the interim. This closure will impact the Red Line and RTA buses #7, #32, #48, and #58, as well as the local Circle Link and UCRC shuttles.
Circle Link riders should walk east from the station's south entrance to Ambleside Drive, where they can cross Cedar Avenue to the nearest Circle Link stop on Murray Hill and Glenwood Avenue. Riders with destinations on Adelbert Road may choose to utilize either the UCRC route or newly added Cedar Rapid Express (CRE) during this time.  UCRC and CRE riders will be able to board their shuttle inside the RTA south side bus loop.  Please note that pedestrians who need to cross Cedar or Carnegie should use the marked crosswalks at Ambleside Drive (east of the station) and MLK (west of the station). For more information on these changes, please contact Standard Parking at 216-791-6226.

Vehicular traffic changes on Cedar Avenue are ongoing - Eastbound (uphill) traffic is limited to two (2) lanes and westbound (downhill) traffic has three (3) lanes. The Cedar Avenue west "loop" is closed to all traffic (except buses).

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