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Stranded RTA Trains Anger Browns Fans

September 23, 2019

First their beloved Browns lost and then some fans got stuck for hours on Waterfront Line trains that had lost power.

Cleveland news media reported today that numerous riders took to social media to express their displeasure at having no air conditioning aboard crowded transit cars.

“It was jam packed, shoulder to shoulder, a lot of people were drunk,” passenger Nick Szabados told WJW-TV. “Finally started taking off, and the tram just shuts off. The lights shut off, the air conditioning cuts out, and it stops moving.”

Fans said on Twitter said RTA personnel didn’t seem to be around and were slow to explain what was happening.

The stalled trains occurred following a Sunday night game at First Energy Stadium in which the Browns lost to the visiting Los Angeles Rams 20-13.

The Waterfront line runs just outside the stadium.

Reports from RTA passengers indicated that the power loss occurred just west of the West Third Street station.

Szabados said a passenger forced the doors open in an attempt to get some cooler air.

RTA police officers escorted many passengers back along the tracks to the Third Street station.

Many passengers then walked to Tower City Center to board other trains to continue on to their destination.

One post on Reddit said that some passengers were still stranded aboard transit cars at 2:37 a.m.

It didn’t help that it was a warm and humid evening even around midnight.

A fan Tweated that he was still standing on the platform for the Red Line 45 minutes after the game ended.

Both WJW and WEWS-TV reported in stories posted to their websites that they had sought comment from RTA officials but had yet to hear back.

On Twitter RTA issued an apology and said the problem occurred because a train lost power at the West Third station and two other trains that tried to  nudge that train along also lost power.

Several Twitter uses expressed anger about the slow reaction from RTA officials and lack of information.

“Customer service was lacking on the stalled lakefront trains after Sunday’s Browns game. The cars were claustrophobic, hot and stifling for the 30 or so minutes before we exited and walked back to the stadium station,” tweeted Brian Burke. “Also, no one gave us info to advise what was happening.”

The Browns next home game is Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. against Seattle while the next night game will be at 8:20 p.m. on Nov. 14 against Pittsburgh.

Browns Return to Cleveland Via Amtrak

August 20, 2015

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Having finished two days of organized scrimmages with the Buffalo Bills, the Cleveland Browns returned home today the way they left — on a train.

The Browns came back with the same equipment they had used this past Sunday to travel to Rochester, New York, to reach the Bills’ training camp.

The train was reported through Mentor at 1:25 p.m. and then spotted making a deadhead move west through Berea at 2:40 p.m.

The train is shown in Mentor early Wednesday afternoon.

The Browns and Bills are to play a pre-season game on Thursday at 8 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

Photographs by Todd Dillon

Cleveland Browns Take Chartered Amtrak Train

August 16, 2015

Numerous reports on reported that the Cleveland Browns chartered an Amtrak train that took the team from Cleveland to Rochester, New York.

Equipment for the train was brought to Cleveland by the eastbound Lake Shore Limited and included two P42DC locomotives (Nos. 192 and 26) and seven Amfleet cars.

Team members were brought to the Amtrak station by bus after a morning practice session.

Although no one reported what time that the train departed, it was said to have arrived in Rochester at 5:15 p.m.

The Browns will be conducting scrimmages this week against the Buffalo Bills. They will host the Bills in a pre-season game on Thursday in Cleveland at First Energy Stadium, which is adjacent to the Amtrak station.

During his daily press conference on Saturday, Browns Coach Mike Pettine was asked why the team was traveling by train to Rochester.

“You need to talk to Simon (Gelan), my assistant, on that one. He handles all team travel. I just think from a – I’m not sure whether our plane was too big to go into Rochester and we’d have to fly into Buffalo then bus another hour and a half up to — I’ve taken the train before having been in Baltimore and been in New York, going down the I-95 quarter on the train. To me, it’s the best way to go. It’s an airplane minus being way above the ground (laughter) and having people search your bags.”

Pettine was asked if going by train was an exercise in team bonding. He dined that but said riding the rails was better than a bus [because] you can relax. Coaches can get a lot of work done. We’ll load tomorrows practice on to our tablets and be able to work on the train. It’s just much more relaxed way to travel.”

It is not known publicly yet if the team will return to Cleveland by rail or plane.