Tower City Station Still Closed for Cleveland Curfew, All Bus Traffic Rerouted Around Downtown

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RTA announced Monday that due to the military lockdown in downtown and Ohio City, (the so-called "curfew zones"), Tower City Station — the city's largest transit hub — will be closed through Tuesday. The curfew is currently scheduled to expire at 8 p.m.

All downtown bus traffic is being re-routed around downtown in order to comply with the curfew, which forbids existing outdoors for all but a few exempt categories of people. Even residents are supposed to remain indoors, though they have been theoretically permitted — assuming the right cops got the right memo — to enter and exit the curfew zones for emergency errands or whathaveyou.

Justin Bibb, an RTA board member, called the city's actions "not acceptable" yesterday. He noted, as others have, that he had no groceries at home and was terrified of facing arrest if he left his residence.

Portions of the curfew zone are high-poverty areas, and included multiple senior housing facilities. Many of these residents have limited or no access to vehicles. Eliminating public transit during the "curfew" does real harm to these people.

The RTA's main office also happens to be in the downtown curfew zone. The transit authority's employees are working remotely today, (though most of the office workers likely already were due to COVID-19). More importantly, Tower City and its customer service center is closed. 

All west side buses are terminating at the Red Line West 25th Street Station, and all east side buses are terminating at Tri-C Metro Campus. In a statement, RTA said that to access crosstown trips, customers may travel on the Red Line between the East 34th Street Campus Station and the West 25th Street Station.

What a disaster.

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Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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