PENINSULA, Ohio — The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) has canceled all remaining Polar Express train rides for the season, beginning Thursday, Nov. 19, due to COVID-19.
“As we look to an uncertain future with respect to this situation, CVSR must make this decision now,” said CVSR President and CEO Joe Mazur in a statement. “THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is one of Northeast Ohio’s most treasured holiday traditions. However, the health and wellbeing of our customers, volunteers, community and staff come first.”
The train rides began on Nov. 6 and were scheduled to run through Dec. 20.
The CVSR will issue refunds to all passengers who purchased tickets from Nov. 19 through Dec. 20. Customers will have the option to donate the value of their ticket back to CVSR or request a gift card for the value of the tickets.
Train rides on the CVSR were short-lived as rides resumed in the fall after a seven-month hiatus.
"Like everyone, the National Park Service was delighted to see and hear Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad operating in the valley this fall,” said Cuyahoga Valley National Park Superintendent Craig Kenkel. “We understand and support their decision and look forward to a better time in 2021 when CVSR is again rolling on the tracks and serving park visitors.”