Cuyahoga Valley railroad logs its highest ridership

Cuyahoga Valley railroad logs its highest ridership


The nonprofit scenic railroad in Ohio’s Cuyahoga Valley National Park says it logged about 214,000 passengers last year, reaching the highest ridership in its 44-year history.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad says more than half of those were riders on the train’s scenic round trips at the Northeast Ohio park. Others came aboard for special event trains and programs.

One of the biggest draws is a holiday program tied to the popular story about a young boy’s winter journey on “The Polar Express.” That drew more than 42,000 passengers last year.

The railroad says about 24,000 passengers hopped on the train through another ticket program offered to bicyclists, runners and hikers who need one-way rides.

In July, Disney World to close DisneyQuest


DisneyQuest’s last day of operation at Walt Disney World will be July 2.

The five-story center with video and virtual games at Disney Springs was originally supposed to close last year but was given a temporary reprieve.

The NBA Experience, which will include high-tech experiences, a restaurant and a store, will be going in its place.

DisneyQuest’s attractions include CyberSpace Mountain, a design-your-own-roller-coaster motion-simulator ride, and Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam, a life-size game in which players stand on a joystick that controls cartoon characters on a screen. DisneyQuest has more-traditional video games too.

It was once planned to be a worldwide chain of 20 virtual-reality centers.

Opened in 1998, the Orlando, Fla., location had a longer run than others The Walt Disney Co. tried building.

Disney Springs has been undergoing a major expansion that has included the opening of many new restaurants and stores. Previously it had been known as Downtown Disney.

TSA: Frequent fliers without PreCheck to move to slow lane


The Transportation Security Administration this month plans to significantly reduce the number of frequent fliers who go through faster airport security lines for free, even though they haven’t signed up for vetting programs like PreCheck, a TSA official said.

The change is not because of any new security threat but is part of a “natural progression” to limit expedited screening only to fliers who have either gone through background checks or have been checked by bomb-sniffing dogs, said TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy. Frequent fliers who aren’t signed up for PreCheck are occasionally selected for these faster lines, after a risk calculation based on their itinerary and other information, McCarthy said.

PreCheck and other programs like Global Entry allow fliers to skip the hassle of taking off shoes, belts and light jackets and removing laptops from suitcases while going through sped-up security lines. Applying for PreCheck, which involves fingerprinting and an FBI background check, requires an $85 fee.

The TSA has a goal of signing up 25 million fliers for expedited screening by 2019.

Geography quiz

Q. Croatia has a coastline on what body of salt water?

A. The Adriatic Sea. Other countries bordering the Adriatic include Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Italy.

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