Waterfront Line Service Suspended Indefinitely

Sep 8, 2021

RTA service on the Waterfront Line has been suspended indefinitely due to safety concerns related to the Waterfront Line Bridge. The Bridge is located on the East Bank of the Flats and extends over Front Street and the Norfolk Southern Rail tracks.

During a routine inspection conducted in 2018, stress fractures were identified.  As a result, monitoring of the bridge began and traffic was restricted (one train crossing at a time).  Last October, service along the Waterfront Line was suspended due to a track rehabilitation project at Tower City. This past summer, before the planned resumption of service, the bridge underwent an extensive inspection.  This inspection was conducted by Hardesty & Hanover.  Preliminary results released in August, recommended four interim support towers be built to stabilize the bridge.  Additionally, the consultant advised service not be resumed until a permanent solution was designed and built. 

Ruhlin Construction has been awarded an emergency contract to construct the towers, scheduled to be completed by late October 2021.  Hardesty & Hanover has begun design work on the permanent solution.  Time frame for the total rehabilitation of the bridge is approximately two years.  Six million dollars, from RTA’s FTA federal formula grants, have been budgeted for the project.

For Browns fans attending home games this season, RTA will not be able to provide alternate service due to normal game day congestion and street closures.  Fans riding the Red, Green or Blue Lines to Tower City are directed to walk north on West 3rd Street to FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Waterfront Line was opened on July 10, 1996, designated as a legacy project for the City of Cleveland’s Bicentennial.   The Line serves to link RTA’s Red, Blue and Green Lines from Tower City to attractions along the East Bank of the Flats and North Coast Harbor.

RTA apologizes for any inconvenience this closure may cause.  However, the safety of our riders, staff and the general public remains our top priority.


Media Inquiries May Be Directed To:

Natoya J. Walker Minor

Deputy General Manager, Administration & External Affairs
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
1240 West 6th Street|Cleveland, Oh 44113
Email:  natoya.walker-minor@gcrta.org
Desk:  216.356.3110     |       Cell:  216.647.3614