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Cleveland agency opens EcoVillage 'green' station


Yesterday, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) opened the W. 65th Street-Lorain Avenue rail station on the Red Line.

The $4 million station serves as part of EcoVillage, a public-private partnership between GCRTA, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization and EcoCity Cleveland.

After demolishing the existing station, GCRTA built the new, environmentally friendly facility — one of the nation’s first "green" rail stations, according to a prepared statement.

The 2.5-story facility features an entry pavilion, 1,200-square-foot climate-controlled passenger waiting area, GCRTA Transit Police mini-station and state-of-the-art security system.

Resembling a typical neighborhood house, the station also includes landscaping and benches on Madison Avenue, and a canopied stairway on Madison Avenue.

The facility is designed to maximize energy savings, promote clean air and limit pollution. GCRTA used recycled materials during construction and installed a solar power system.

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