One in 10 miles of Cleveland rail track under 'go slow' orders

Posted on June 23, 2015

CLEVELAND — Aging track ties and instability in the track bed, or ballast, that force operators to apply the brakes to proceed safely are just some of the reasons one in 10 miles of Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) rail track are under “go slow” orders, The Plain Dealer reported.

Another culprit for order is a budget gap of $150 million that it would take the RTA to bring the 63 miles of Red, Blue, Green and Waterfront track to an excellent or good state of repair.

RTA said train operators currently cut speed limits on about six miles of track scattered across the system, slowing trains that normally would travel 35 mph to 55 mph by 20, 30 or 40 miles an hour. For the full story, click here.

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