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Cleveland: Flats development revives Waterfront Line

6:23 PM, May 28, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A project many view as an expensive boondoggle will be revived starting Thursday.

The $55.5 million Flats Waterfront Line was launched in 1997 to be part of the city's Bicentennial Celebration.

Mayor Michael White pushed to get it done. But the hoped for ridership never developed.

Flats bars and restaurants hoped it would deliver more customers but the struggling night spots could not provide enough riders.

Now the lines are being reopened largely because of the soon-to-be-busy Flats East Bank project. RTA has reached out to connect with workers in Ernst and Young, the building's largest tenants.

The hope is that with new downtown activity, and parking and construction problems, the line will draw more users.

Service will be every 15 minutes. Lately, the line's been used for Browns games, on weekends and special events.

Five stations on the line are being spruced up.

There will also be service Wednesday to the U.S./ Belgium soccer game.

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