Will RTA go 24/7 for new Horseshoe Cleveland casino?

4:45 PM, May 17, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- If you're not staying in a downtown hotel or driving your own vehicle, what are your options to get to and from the new Horseshoe Casino Cleveland in the early morning or overnight hours?

One option is calling Ace Taxi, a taxi service you can book online, via an app or by text message.

Ace operates 24/7 and you can call (216) 361-4700 and get a free quote in advance on what your ride will cost.

But many prefer riding RTA to Tower City or Public Square. But RTA does not provide rail service between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m., service that would drop riders off inside Tower City adjacent to the casino.

So, is RTA considering that, with a 24/7 casino as the destination, it will expand its service? We asked RTA's Media Relations Manager Mary McCahon.

"Yes, there has been thought about all sorts of issues, but the reason we are closed 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. is for maintenance, and all systems around the country do that for the safety of customers," McCahon tells Channel 3.

She said track and train maintenance is best done when service is not running to maintain the safety of employees and construction crews.

But while rail service isn't 24/7, some buses do run 24/7.

"Cleveland is the first urban casino in the same building as a rail station, so right now there is 24/7 service via the HealthLine, and free parking at Windermere so that is an alternative from the (east side of Cleveland)," McCahon said.

"Also, the #22 from Lakewood runs 24/7 from the (west side)West. The #14 (via Kinsman) is another option, too."

RTA schedules

McCahon added that adding service would mean needing more money and more operators, "...so unless funding is found and we can find another time to do maintenance -- both are very unlikely -- we won't be running overnights any time soon."

RTA/Horseshoe Casino Cleveland

RTA also has connections to other sights and venues in downtown Cleveland and even a special section on its website called When the chips are down that directs visitors to other locations.

McCahon says the current RTA service is 500 trips in and out of Tower City every day and notes that the trains "...have lots of empty seats on the weekends, so we encourage people to buy a $5 all-day pass, and come earlier."

"If you planned 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., (instead) come 4 p.m to midnight and save your money from parking and gas to gamble."


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