Extreme weather, aging infrastructure causes trouble on the tracks for RTA

CLEVELAND - Heavy rain and flooding early Tuesday morning collapsed walls and washed out the ground under the tracks at RTA's Buckeye/Woodhill Station.

The same thing happened two weeks ago.

In January pipes burst inside RTA's Tower City Station.

Cleveland's extreme weather is partly to blame and Wednesday's problem started with ODOT doing construction on a bridge.

But these recent issues are symptoms of what RTA admits is an aging infrastructure crisis.

However, this isn't just an RTA problem.

Standing on RTA tracks in May, Vice President Joe Biden talked about aging infrastructure across the country.

Many people hope Congress will free up funds for bridges and transit systems instead of the state and federal funding cuts that have hampered upgrades to an aging infrastructure.

Despite recent trouble on the tracks, RTA said you're safe.

Nearly 200,000 people use RTA buses and trains daily.

10,000 of them on the Blue and Green line alone, which runs to Shaker, where RTA is using some of its brand new buses Wednesday while the transit tracks are fixed.

RTA is building some new stations at Cedar Hill and in Little Italy.

More people are using buses to get to Cleveland's hot spots like West 6th, East 4th and Ohio City.

But it was also a bad winter for buses breaking down.

"We got ice, and extreme cold and now flooding, add that to the infrastructure problem that already exists," said RTA Spokesperson Mary Shaffer.

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