25 Connects Virtual Kick-Off Event

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) recently launched 25Connects, a community planning process for the West 25th Street corridor. 25Connects will provide the design recommendations and tools to guide a future West 25th Street corridor focused on walkable, transit-supportive, mixed-use community development in support of RTA’s MetroHealth Line bus rapid transit (BRT) line. BRT refers to a high-quality bus-based transit system that delivers fast and efficient service. Through public input, 25Connects will advance the MetroHealth Line towards a goal to meet Federal Transit Administration BRT standards.
The first public meeting will take place this week through Zoom. All community members are invited to participate. On-screen text and translation will be available in Spanish during the event.
Virtual Kick-off Event
Wednesday, July 29th
RSVP on Eventbrite here to receive an email with the Zoom link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/25connects-virtual-kick-off-event-tickets-112537454556
Project Area
The MetroHealth Line is among RTA’s busiest routes with 1.7 million rides annually. The project focuses on West 25th Street between Detroit Avenue and Broadview Road. Over three miles long, the corridor spans five neighborhoods: Ohio City, Tremont, Clark-Fulton, Brooklyn Centre, and Old Brooklyn. The study area is home to 44,000 residents— 11% of Cleveland’s total population. The name 25Connects emphasizes the project’s goal to better connect these neighborhoods to each other and surrounding communities.Plan Objectives
The consultant team of Stantec and Seventh Hill will provide recommendations and policy initiatives for the next phase of design, which will support a formal application for federal funding to construct the BRT line. Key objectives of the 25Connects plan include:

  • A BRT design vision for the entire corridor – highlighting the common themes and unique character of each community where possible.
  • A foundational policy and urban design toolkit to implement new transit-oriented development.
  • A review of current market conditions and financial tools available for new transit-oriented development.
  • Identification of factors that will provide equitable housing opportunities along the corridor, ensuring displacement and gentrification are kept to a minimum.

Stay connected
RTA encourages all community members to visit the project website www.25connects.com and sign-up on the Engagement List to receive notifications for upcoming public engagement activities. Community feedback on this important planning process will set the course for the new BRT design and create mechanisms that support equitable economic development, while enhancing connections along the W. 25th corridor.

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