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RTA to scale back bus and rail service due to coronavirus starting April 12

RTA is reducing service by 15% as a result of a significant drop in ridership during the current COVID-19 crisis.

CLEVELAND — The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has announced that starting on Sunday, April 12, it will be reducing bus and rail service as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

RTA says service will be reduced by approximately 15% in response to the coronavirus crisis. Communities and destinations currently served by RTA will continue to have service, but it will be less frequent.

The change comes as a result of a significant drop in ridership due to the Governor’s "Stay at Home" order related to the coronavirus.

"We must continue to serve our community, and for us, that translates into providing mobility options to take our customers to grocery stores, medical appointments and to essential jobs," said RTA CEO and General Manager India Birdsong in a statement. "The service will be less frequent, but Greater Clevelanders who rely on public transit will still be able to get to the same essential destinations on the routes they have come to rely on."

Of the 45 bus routes and rapid lines, 13 routes will not change. Most will see changes in weekday frequency only. Nearly all Saturday and Sunday schedules will remain the same. 

Frequency on the Healthline will be modified to 15 minutes on weekdays and 30 minutes on evenings and weekends. Park-N-Ride and Trolley service remains suspended.

Click here for a complete list of the new schedules by route.  

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