by Jeff Smith
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NOACA serious about connecting downtown Cleveland with Cuyahoga Valley National Park via Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Regional planners have dreamed for more than two decades about connecting downtown Cleveland to Cuyahoga Valley National Park via the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
But while previous attempts failed, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency is getting serious about a new effort.
At a meeting Thursday afternoon, representatives of NOACA and partnering agencies reached an informal agreement on their roles and responsibilities in pushing the project forward this year, NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci told cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer.
The goal is to extend the scenic railroad 10.8 miles north to downtown from where it now ends at the northern edge of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park at Rockside Road in Independence.
Serious discussions about extending the scenic railroad started last summer, Gallucci said. Participating agencies include the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, the Port of Cleveland, Cleveland Metroparks, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, the national park, the scenic railroad, and the nonprofit Canalway Partners.