LOCAL NEWS: New Casino + New Visitors = New Traffic Problems

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

RTA would like to expand its trolley service to accommodate the crowds soon to be drawn to the Horseshoe Casino.

Travis Lamperski, who rides the line daily thinks the expansion will be great, “It will make it easier for a lot of people especially considering the way gas prices.”

Even though RTA has already received $1.2 million in State funding for the expansion, they still need about $240,000.

RTA hopes to raise the remaining money from businesses like hotels and restaurants which could benefit from the expanded service.

City leaders are already planning for the casino traffic, which would be alleviated by people using RTA’s services.

Even at mid-morning, E. 9th Street is already crowded.  It as well as Carnagie will both only get worse.  Each intersection will have a traffic officer assigned for the next few weeks.

Traffic Commissioner, James Muhic tells 19 Action News, “We can coordinate the lights to override the traffic signals and run traffic say two lights through before it changes again.”

Nothing can back up traffic onto ramps from Carnegie, East 9th Street or any others like an accident or broken down on the Innerbelt does. With that in mind, two traffic cars will patrol the Innerbelt to quickly clear any backlogs.

Pedestrian traffic has already picked up near the casino and a lot of people crossing more crowded streets require more attention that many are used to.

To Cleveland’s Traffic Commissioner, a complex job is easily boiled down, “People who come to the City of Cleveland to attend at event or a show, they judge the citire event based on the entire trip. How long it took to get there, how long it took em to find parking. How long it takes em to leave after the event.”

http://www.19actionnews.com/story/18208375/new-casino-poses-new-traffic-problems

Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

 

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