Cleveland RTA issues statement on suspension of winter storm service

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“RTA’s decision to suspend bus and train service was a matter of continued health and safety for our employees and customers.”

CLEVELAND — “RTA’s decision to suspend bus and train service was a matter of health and safety for our employees and customers. »

Those are the words of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority in a statement released on Sunday regarding rail and bus events that led to a suspension of service during last Monday’s January 17 winter storm.

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“While we apologize for the delays caused by the suspension, we remain steadfast in our decision as stewards of public transportation, with respect to the life, health and safety of the public we serve,” continues their declaration. “RTA believes in connecting the community and recognizes that it is our responsibility to do so safely, to the best of our abilities, every day.”

Editor’s note: The video in the player above was originally posted on January 18, 2022.

Here is the full statement released by the Greater Cleveland RTA on Sunday, January 23:

The life, health and safety of our employees and customers are of the utmost importance to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA). GCRTA’s commitment to these basic human needs has led to the conscientious decision to suspend our rail and bus services on Monday, January 17, 2022.

After receiving weather advisories predicting an accumulation of heavy, wet snow from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Cleveland on Sunday, January 16, 2022, GCRTA staff began the process of initiating their winterization plan which details actions necessary to help maintain service during a snowfall. storm.

RTA snow trains began operating on the Red, Blue and Green lines throughout Sunday evening and through Monday morning January 17, 2022. Additionally, RTA snow plows began cleaning and salting RTA facility areas, while helping East Cleveland plow and salt. some of their routes. These actions have enabled RTA to implement the commissioning of bus and rail on Monday, January 17, 2022.

As the storm’s intensity began to increase during the Monday morning hours, its impact had resulted in more than 50 buses stuck in snow across the county, and calls from two three operators’ emergency broadcasts railways reporting that their trains were backing up and had no traction. .

“It was around this time that RTA made the decision to suspend bus and train service until further notice,” said GCRTA Deputy Chief Operating Officer Dr Floun’say Cave. “Communications of this decision were sent through the RTA website, social media channels and transit app, and carried through local media.”

During the day and into Monday evening, RTA staff worked to clear railroads and roads to restore service.

“RTA has also worked with the office of Cleveland Mayor Bibb to prioritize street snow removal to help restore bus service,” said GCRTA Managing Director, India Birdsong Managing Director. According to Birdsong, “everyone’s efforts resulted in several bus routes being restored and train service fully restored by the end of the day.”

RTA’s decision to suspend bus and train service was a matter of continued health and safety for our employees and customers. While we apologize for the delays caused by the suspension, we stand firm in our decision as stewards of public transportation, with respect to the life, health and safety of the public we serve. RTA believes in connecting the community and recognizes that it is our responsibility to do so safely, to the best of our abilities, every day.

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Editor’s note: The video in the player above was originally posted on January 18, 2022.

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