CLEVELAND — If you're heading to the St. Patrick's Day parade on Friday, you might want to consider riding on the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA).
According to GCRTA, you can ride round-trip to the parade for just $5. By doing so, you can skip the hassle of parking downtown for the parade, which will draw thousands to the area.
Because of the volume of people expected downtown this year, the GCRTA is preparing with "extra capacity on the rail service to ensure a safe and reliable experience for the holiday crowd, as well as our regular customers," the GCRTA said in a news release.
If you plan to take this route of transportation on St. Patrick's Day, the GCRTA has provided some helpful tips to make your trip easier. See them, below:
• Have exact change. Have $5 cash ready to purchase your round-trip ticket.Keep this ticket safe, as you will need to show it on your way back home.
- $5 cash only round-trip passes are available at the following rail stations only: Brookpark, Puritas, Triskett, W. 117, and Tower City (Red, Blue and Green Lines)
-No cash? No problem. You can still purchase a one-way fare ($2.50) or an AllDay pass ($5.00) at a Ticket Vending Machine or on the EZfare app.
• Plan ahead & leave early. Large crowds are expected so give yourself plenty of time to arrive safely.
• Ride the Rapid. Trains will leave frequently throughout the day. Check rideRTA.com for scheduled departure times, and RTA Transit app for real-time arrivals. By the way, parking is free at all the station lots.
• Ride the HealthLine. Hop on the HealthLine from East Cleveland to Public Square. The HealthLine operates 24/7, so you have plenty of time to return home after the parade.
• Pack lightly, protect your belongings, and use the buddy system.
For additional ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, click HERE.
Editor's Note: The following video is from a previous, unrelated report.