Navigating the Solar Eclipse in Cleveland with Greater Cleveland RTA

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 Navigating the Solar Eclipse in Cleveland with Greater Cleveland RTA

Mar 21, 2024

With the highly anticipated solar eclipse approaching, Cleveland is gearing up for a celestial event of a lifetime. As excitement builds for this rare occurrence, so does the concern for navigating through potential traffic and finding the perfect viewing spot. But fear not! Greater Cleveland RTA has your back, offering convenient and stress-free transportation options to ensure you catch every moment of this awe-inspiring event.

Getting Around with GCRTA

Greater Cleveland RTA's extensive rail and bus services provide seamless connections across the city, making it easier than ever to reach prime eclipse viewing locations such as Progressive Field, North Coast Harbor and University Circle. From April 6th to April 8th, the Waterfront Line will be operational from 9:30 am to 5:27 pm, offering direct access from Tower City in Downtown to North Coast Harbor, where the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame await your exploration.

Tips for a Smooth Ride

For those new to GCRTA, here are some handy tips to ensure a hassle-free journey:

  • Park for free at the nearest bus or rail station and hop on board.
  • Download the Transit App and select GCRTA to plan your trip, pay your fare, and access real-time information. Please anticipate longer travel times due to expected heavier-than-usual vehicle traffic.
  • Purchase fares via EZfare in the Transit app, selecting GCRTA for easy transactions. All Day passes are available for just $5.
  • Check out resources such as "How to use the Transit App" and "How to purchase tickets in the Transit App" for step-by-step guidance.
  • Need assistance? Reach out to the Community Connection Line at 216-621-9500, available Monday to Friday from 7 am to 6 pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Additional Eclipse Info

Here are some fast facts about the solar eclipse in Cleveland:

  • What: A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the Sun's face.
  • Where: Across North America, including Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
  • When: April 8, 2024, from 1:50 pm to 4:29 pm, with totality occurring from 3:13 pm to 3:17 pm.

Safety First

While witnessing this spectacular event, remember to prioritize safety:

  • Wear solar eclipse glasses that comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard.
  • Avoid looking directly at the sun and using homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses.
  • Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen, a hat, and protective clothing during prolonged sun exposure.


For more information and resources regarding the solar eclipse, check out:

With Greater Cleveland RTA's reliable services and these helpful tips in mind, you're all set to witness the magic of the solar eclipse without worrying about traffic or transportation hassles. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the celestial show in the heart of Cleveland!

After the Eclipse: Recycle Solar Glasses

Drop off your special solar glasses for reuse at future solar eclipse around the world! Glasses that are damaged or not reusable will be disposed of properly.