|Above: YouTubeCA video - Cleveland's Public Square during the evening Rush Hour - Length: 3:23 mins.||Above: YouTubeCA video - Shaker Heights Rapid Transit And More (Circa 1960) - Length: 36:26 mins.|
INSET: CENTRAL CLEVELAND
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DISCONTINUATION DATES OF STREETCAR TRACKS BETWEEN 7 MAY 1946 AND 23 JAN. 1954 (affected route numbers in parentheses).
- 1946 May 7: Scovill Av. - Quincy Av. (8)
- 1946 June 16: Prospect Av. - Cedar Av. (5)
- 1947 Aug. 1: Pearl Rd. (between State Rd. & Brookpark Rd.) (16A)
- 1947 Aug. 16: Broadway (S of Union Blvd.) - Miles Av. (11)
- 1947 Sept. 3: Broadway (N of Union Av.) - E 116th St. - Corlett Av. (12)
- 1947 Nov. 16: Clifton Blvd. (18)
- 1948 Jan. 31: East 105th St. (23)
- 1948 March 7: W 65th St. (except between Detroit Av & Madison Av.)] (26); Denison Av. (E of Fulton Rd.) - Harvard Av. (to E 93rd St.) (26)
- 1948 March 10: Euclid Av. (between Ivanhoe Rd. & Chardon Rd.) (6A)
- 1948 March 15: Woodland Av. (E of Buckeye Rd.) (9A)
- 1948 Apr. 15: Euclid Av. (between Windermere & Ivanhoe Rd.) (6A)
- 1948 Apr. 30: Fulton Rd. - Denison Av. (to W 73rd St.) (29)
- 1948 July 1: Woodland Av. (between Kinsman Rd. & Buckeye Rd.) - Buckeye Rd. (9B)
- 1948 July 31: Fairmount Blvd. (6E)
- 1948 Aug. 1: Washington Blvd. (22B)
- 1949 Aug. 16: Hayden Av. (6B/C); E 152nd St. (6B)
- 1949 Sept. 7: Mayfield Rd (6D)
- 1950 March 26: Woodland Av. - Kinsman Rd. (10)
- 1950 June 18: Loraine Av. (W of 140th St.) - Rocky River Dr. - Puritas Rd. (20)
- 1950 July 2: Broadway Rd. (16C)
- 1951 Apr. 8: St. Clair Av. (E of 129th St.) - Nottingham Rd. (1A) / Euclid Beach Park (1B) / Waterloo Rd. (1C)
- 1951 Aug. 24: Detroit Av. (W of 65th St.)] (17)
- 1951 Nov. 3: St. Clair Av. (W of 129th St.) (1)
- 1952 Apr. 27: Euclid Av. (to Windermere) (6)
- 1952 June 14: Loraine Av. (between W 25th and 140th St.) (20)
- 1953 March 7: E 55th St. - E 49th St. (22A, earlier also 22B); Fleet Av. - E 71st St. (22A)
- 1953 March 20: Superior Av. - E 123rd Av. (2); E 140th St. - Euclid Beach Park (2)
- 1953 Aug. 15: W 25th St. (S to Clark Av.) (16B, 21); Clark Av. (21); W 25th St. - Pearl Rd. - State Rd. (16B)
- 1954 Jan. 23: Public Sq. - Detroit Av. - W 65th St. (between Detroit Av & Madison Av.]) - Madison Av. (19) [Last streetcar line in Cleveland]
CLEVELAND STREETCAR ROUTES
Operator: Cleveland Transit System
|1||St. Clair||Public Sq. - St. Clair Av. Eastward this route branches to: 1A (St. Clair Av. - Nottingham Rd.); 1B (St. Clair Av. - E 152nd St. - Euclid Beach Park); 1C (St. Clair Av. - E 152nd St. - Waterloo Rd.)|
|2||Superior||Ontario St. - Public Sq. - Superior Av. - E 123rd Av. - St. Clair Av. - E 140th St. - Euclid Beach Park|
|5||Cedar||Ontario St. - Prospect Av. - Cedar Av. - Euclid Hts.|
|6||Euclid||Union Stn. - Public Sq. - Euclid Av. Eastward this route branches to: 6A (Euclid Av. - Chardon Rd.); 6B (Euclid Av. - Hayden Av. - E 152nd St. - Collinwood); 6C (Euclid Av. - Hayden Av. - St. Clair Av.); 6D (Euclid Hts. - Mayfield Rd. - Cleveland Hts); 6E (Euclid Hts. - Fairmount Blvd. - University Hts)|
|8||Cedar||Ontario St. - Prospect Av. - Scovill Av. - Quincy Av. - Woodhill Rd.|
|9A||Woodland||Prospect Av. - Woodland Av. - E 130th|
|9B||Buckeye||Prospect Av. - Woodland Av. - Buckeye Rd. - E 130th|
|10||Kinsman||Prospect Av. - Woodland Av. - Kinsman Rd. - Mt. Pleasant|
|11||Broadway - Miles||Prospect Av. - Ontario St. - Broadway Av. - Miles Av.|
|12||Union||Prospect Av. - Ontario St. - Broadway Av. - Union Av. - E 116th St. - Corlett Av.|
|16||W 25th||Public Sq. - Detroit Av. - W 25th St. - Pearl Rd. Southward this route branches to: 16A (Pearl Rd. - Brookpark Rd.); 16B (State Rd. - W 35th St.); 16C (Broadway Rd. - Brookpark Rd.)|
|17||Detroit||Public Sq. - Detroit Av. - Rocky River|
|18||Clifton||Public Sq. - Detroit Av. - Clifton Blvd. - Rocky River|
|19||Madison||Public Sq. - Detroit Av. - W 65th St. - Madison Av. - Riverside Dr.|
|20||Lorain||Public Sq. - Detroit Av. - W 25th St. - Loraine Av. - Rocky River Dr. - Puritas Rd.|
|21||Clark Av.||Public Sq. - Detroit Av. - W 25th St. - Clark Av. - W 73rd St. - Denison Av. - Loraine Av.|
|22A||E 55th - E 71st||St. Clair Av. - E 55th St. - E 49th St. - Fleet Av. - E 71st St. - Grant Av.|
|22B||E 55th - Washington Blvd.||St. Clair Av. - E 55th St. - E 49th St. - E 49th St. - Washington Blvd. - Newburgh Ht.|
|23||East 105th St.||Clearview Park - E 105th St. - Woodhill Rd. - E 93rd St. - Harvard Av.|
|26||Harvard - Denison||Edgewater Park - W 65th St. - Denison Av. - Harvard Av. - E 93rd St.|
|29||Fulton - Denison W 73rd||Public Sq. - Detroit Av. - Fulton Rd. - Denison Av. - W 73rd St.|
LIGHT RAIL ROUTES
Operator: Shaker Heights Rapid Transit
|B||Blue Line||Tower City - E 34th St. Stn. - E 55th St. Stn. - Shaker Sq. - Shaker Hts. - Green Rd.|
|G||Green Line||Tower City - E 34th St. Stn. - E 55th St. Stn. - Shaker Sq. - Warrensville|
The streetcar route numbers and the letters used for light rail routes are of an indicative nature only, and were not used by the operator.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SYSTEM
- Streetcar network: ? km.
- Light rail: ? km.
- Streetcars (traditional): (horse-powered) 5 Sept. 1860 - 1892; (steam): 1 Sept. 1868 - July 1882; (electric) 26 July 1894 - 23 Jan. 1954.
- Light rail: 17 Dec. 1913 - today.
- Cable cars: 17 Dec. 1890 - 15 Dec. 1901.
- Interurbans: 1895 - 15 May 1938.
- Streetcars & interurbans: 1435 mm.
- Canfield, J. (ed.) "Electric railways of Northeastern Ohio" Central Electric Railfans' Association Bulletin 1965 (#108).
- Simons, V. "Cleveland: 1980s confidence justified" Tramways & Urban Transit. July 2010 (73: 87), p.255-257.
- Blue Line (Cleveland)
- Cleveland Railway (Ohio)
- Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
- Green Line (Cleveland)
- Lake Shore Electric Railway
- Red Line (Cleveland)
- RTA Light Rail Historic Route Maps
- RTA Rapid Transit
- Streetcars in Cleveland
- Waterfront Line
Special thanks to Russell Powers from Denver CO for information on the history of the Cleveland system.
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