RTA Rapid Red Line riders to face another obstacle as 'S-Curve' gets makeover

Curve drainage an ongoing issue.

CLEVELAND - West side riders on RTA's Red Line will be moved to shuttle buses between the West 117th Street and West Boulevard stations beginning April 21 for rail work.

Construction to fix an ongoing drainage issue on the S-Curve section between the two stations is expected to last six weeks.

The section of rails involved in the rebuild was originally installed when rail service was extended to West 117th from downtown in 1955.

This is the second rerouting of Red Line service on the west side.

Last fall, work on the airport tunnel , also to alleviate drainage issues among other upgrades, necessitated the closure of the airport station. Commuters ride buses between the Brookpark and Airport stations. Work on the airport tunnel is scheduled to wrap up this spring as well.

The tunnel was installed as part of the extension of the Rapid to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport from the West Park station in 1968. At the time, Cleveland became the first city in the western hemisphere to offer rapid transit service from its downtown to its airport.

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