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East 79th station (GCRTA Blue and Green Lines)

E. 79th Street
GCRTA wordmark logo.svg light rail station
East 79th, June 2019.jpg
Location2870 East 79th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44104
Coordinates41°28′50″N 81°38′00″W / 41.48056°N 81.63333°W / 41.48056; -81.63333
Owned byGreater Cleveland RTA
Line(s)Cleveland Short Line Railway
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport RTA: 2
Structure typeEmbankment
Other information
WebsiteE. 79 (Blue/Green Lines) Rapid Station
OpenedApril 11, 1920 (Blue Line)
August 16, 1920 (Green Line)[1]
RebuiltOctober 30, 1981[2]
Original companyCleveland Railway
Preceding station GCRTA wordmark logo.svg Rapid Transit Following station
East 55th
toward Tower City
Blue Line Buckeye–Woodhill
Green Line Buckeye–Woodhill
toward Green Road

East 79th is a station on the RTA Blue and Green Lines in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. It is located on East 79th Street south of Holton Avenue.


The station opened on April 11, 1920 when service commenced on the line west of Shaker Square to East 34th Street and via surface streets to downtown.[3]

The worst accident in the history of the RTA Rapid Transit occurred just east of the station. On July 8, 1977, two cars collided head-on during single track operation. The accident occurred at the bridge over East 92nd Street. Both operators and 60 passengers were injured, and both cars were a total loss.[4]

In 1980 and 1981, the trunk line of the Green and Blue Lines from East 55th Street to Shaker Square was completely renovated with new track, ballast, poles and wiring, and new stations were built along the line. The renovated line opened on October 30, 1981.[2]

Station layout

Platform level
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Westbound      Blue Line toward Tower City (East 55th)
     Green Line toward Tower City (East 55th)
Eastbound      Blue Line toward Warrensville–Van Aken (Buckeye–Woodhill)
     Green Line toward Green Road (Buckeye–Woodhill)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
G Street level Exit/entrance, buses


  1. ^ Electric Railways of Northeastern Ohio. Central Electric Railfans' Association. September 1965. p. 91.
  2. ^ a b Toman (1990). p. 115.
  3. ^ Toman, James (1990). The Shaker Heights Rapid Transit. Glendale, California: Interurban Press. p. 22. ISBN 0-916374-95-5.
  4. ^ Toman (1990). pp. 100–102.

Station shelter