A letter from the FTA, date stamped Friday, granted a “final extension” to March 7 so the city of Cleveland and the GCRTA can further talk about
safety and traffic studies. The letter from the FTA specifically mentioned Mayor Frank Jackson’s two prong test to reopen Public Square, showing that buses can operate safely through the Square, and showing that the GCRTA would be financially adversely affected by the closure.
City officials have conceded that the closure would affect the GCRTA’s bottom line. Terrorism and safety were still brought up as concerns as recently
as last week. The FTA states that if the Square reopens that would nullify the debt.
The FTA has said previously that the closure of Public Square to buses violated a federal grant agreement that awarded money to pay for the Euclid
Corridor project, now known as the HealthLine.