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Tour Offers Glimpse Of Cleveland’s Transit History

[Photo: Mary Fecteau/ideastream]

When it was completed on Thanksgiving Day in 1917, Veterans Memorial Bridge, known at the time as the Detroit-Superior Bridge, was the largest double-deck, reinforced structure in the world. At 96 feet tall and over 3,000 feet long, the top deck of the bridge was designed for pedestrian and vehicular traffic, while the lower deck held four sets of street car tracks. The subway level has long stood empty -- since Cleveland's street cars stopped running in the 1950s.

Over the weekend, visitors were able to get an up-close look at the former subway line -- the first time it's been open for public tours in four years.


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