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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.