CLEVELAND -- St. Patrick’s Day is usually RTA’s busiest ridership day of the year. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will operate extra rail service to handle the crowds headed Downtown for the parade.
Please be aware that the last train leaves Tower City at midnight on the Red and Blue Lines and at 9 p.m. on the Green Line.
Bring exact change and be prepared to buy a special St. Patricks's Day $5 Round-Trip Ticket from RTA staff at major rail stations. Or buy an All-Day Pass on the RTA mobile app.
Other tips to help you enjoy the day
- Plan ahead. Buses will be detoured off the parade route to nearby streets. Normal operations will resume as soon as possible after the parade. Automated service on the RTAnswerline, 216-621-9500, is available 24/7, or use the on-line trip planner.
- Allow plenty of time for your trip. The parade begins at 1 p.m. on Superior Avenue at East 18th Street, and continues west on Superior Avenue. This year, with the renovated Public Square, the parade will continue through the Square, turn right on West Roadway, and right on Rockwell Avenue.
- Follow directions. Transit Police and RTA staff work to provide you with a safe, enjoyable trip. Transit Police will enforce regulations. Your cooperation is appreciated.
- Ride the Rapid. RTA offers extra rail service all day. There’s plenty of parking, but if a lot is full, move to an alternate station. Transit Police will ticket and tow cars that block normal operations.
- Follow RTA on social media. RTA will keep traffic reporters up-to-date as to which Rapid Station parking lots are full, and which ones still offer space. On your mobile devices, follow RTA on Twitter, Facebook and through Commuter Alerts.
- Visit RTA’s Web page. Keep track of tips and available parking at rideRTA.com.
- Dispose of open beverage containers before coming to RTA.
- Need help? Look for a Transit Police officer or an RTA staff person.
- Be aware, bicycles are not allowed on trains that carry full loads.