CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Attention RTA Rapid riders: a major restoration project on one of the transit lines is likely to add extra travel time to one’s commute over the next several weeks.
RTA began major repair work on the S-Curve of the Red Line Sunday. That stopped in both directions between the West 117th and West Boulevard RTA Rapid stations in Cleveland.
It came as a surprise to Nakia Crosby, who was on her way to work early Sunday morning.
“You only know when they are announcing it on the train. So, it was quite a shock to everybody,” Crosby said.
RTA said the $7 million project involves replacing portions of the S-curve track that were built in 1955. Improvements will also be made to retaining walls, bridge abutments and the overhead power system.
The repairs are expected to last seven weeks.
"It’s a little bit of a pain, but I guess they got to work on the tracks,” said RTA rider Marcie Miller.
RTA has shuttle buses running between the two Rapid Transit stations, so Red Line riders can continue their travel on the train.
That’s what RTA rider Brian Nealy found out he had to do.
"It's just kind of awkward getting off the Rapid and getting on the bus when I am used to taking the rapid straight to 117th,” Nealy said.
RTA said it will have at least two shuttle buses making runs every 15 minutes. But riders should expect delays and allow for extra travel time.
"They said this is going to go on for seven weeks, and that's quite a long time. But, you do have to leave out a little bit earlier so you can catch the next bus, or you'll be late for work," Crosby said.
RTA is also redoing the airport tunnel, so riders are already being bussed between Cleveland Hopkins Airport and the Brook Park station. That has also slowed down travel time on the Rapid.
The Red Line S-Curve project is slated to be completed June 7.