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RTA GRANTED FEDERAL FUNDS FOR NEW WALKWAY LINKING TOWER CITY STATION TO GATEWAY

 RTA GRANTED FEDERAL FUNDS FOR NEW WALKWAY
 LINKING TOWER CITY STATION TO GATEWAY


RTA, Gateway Display Rendering & Plans For Development This Weekend
 CLEVELAND, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) announced this week it was awarded $8.6 million from the Federal Transit Administration for construction of an enclosed walkway connecting Tower City to the Gateway sports complex.
 RTA and Gateway will display an architectural rendering of the RTA walkway and other development projects Oct. 10, at EXPO 2010, a transit/transportation/economic development exhibition from 9 a.m. to noon at the CSU Convocation Centre, E. 21 St. and Prospect, West Wing, 4th floor.
 The grant was made possible through the hard work of local and state officials, including Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), the Ohio Department of Transportation, Tower City, GCRTA, the Greater Cleveland Growth Association and Gateway.
 "The RTA walkway will be a welcomed convenience for Greater Clevelanders who come downtown for sporting and entertainment events. They will be able to park for free at any of the dozens of RTA rapid stations, take the train downtown, and without stepping outside, walk to the Gateway complex. It will mean access and convenience for our riders. We expect it to greatly increase the number of people who will want to take advantage of our services, as well," said RTA General Manager Ronald J. Tober.
 "The cooperative effort between Gateway and RTA spells success toward both RTA's goals of expanding our services and toward Gateway's contribution to the downtown area. We are eager to do our part to link people to the places they want to go," he added.
 GCRTA, Gateway and Tower City have been working together for more than a year toward the realization of this project. The new walkway will provide numerous community benefits, according to Gateway Executive Director Thomas V. Chema.
 "This new accessway will maximize the large capital investment already placed in the Tower City Rapid Transit Station and RTA's other stations along the Red, Blue and Green lines. We hope the convenience and secure access that the walkway will provide will encourage sports and entertainment fans to ride the rapid when visiting the Gateway complex," Chema said.
 "With an increasing number of people using RTA and the convenient walkway, we will be able to reduce the need for parking and alleviate anticipated traffic congestion in the Gateway area," Chema added.
 Chema said the walkway will reduce automobile air pollution levels in downtown before and after events and greatly decrease the amount of vehicle-pedestrian conflicts.
 Tober said RTA has solicited proposals from architectural engineering firms to complete the final engineering of the walkway. Recommendations for engineering services will be presented before the RTA board of trustees at its Oct. 27 meeting.
 Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 1993 with completion in time for the Indians home opener in 1994.
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 /CONTACT: Linda Scardilli Krecic of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, 216-566-5211, or 216-322-0250, after hours/ CO: Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority ST: Ohio IN: TRN SU:


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