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Getting Around in Cleveland

By Public Transit

Greater Cleveland is also served by a public bus and rail transit system, operated by the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, also known as "RTA". The rail portion is officially called the Cleveland Rapid Transit, but is known by locals as "The Rapid". It consists of two light rail lines, known as the Green and Blue Lines (which extend to the east side suburbs), and a heavy rail line, the Red Line (which connects Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the west side suburbs with Tower City Center downtown and continues to University Circle and beyond). In the late 1990s, RTA added the Waterfont Line, a short track specifically catering to tourists by connecting Tower City Center to the Flats Entertainment District, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Great Lakes Science Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Burke Lakefront Airport. RTA has installed a bus rapid transit line, called the "Health Line", which will run along Euclid Avenue, providing a direct route between Cleveland's primary tourist attractions from downtown to University Circle. A $4.50 All-Day Pass is good for unlimited rides on both the trains and the buses.

By Taxi

Taxi service is readily available 24 hours a day by calling a cab company directly. If you're downtown, you may have luck hailing one on the street, but it's not a common practice.

By Car

Cleveland might be one of the easiest cities in the world to navigate. There are almost no one-way streets, because the city was planned to have "European Avenues". Throughout the downtown area, purple signs direct visitors to let you know where you are and what district you are in. The streets that run north-south are numbered, except for Ontario Street (the north-south street bisecting Public Square). Numbered streets are named as "West", west of Ontario and "East", east of Ontario. Broadview Road becomes the primary geographic boundary between 'East' and 'West' addresses to the south of the city. The major east-west streets are generally named as "Avenues".

If you drive into the city or plan to get around by car, expect traffic to be busiest 7-9 am and 4-6 pm and during sporting or other special events. Most of the city is laid out in grids and has very clear signage enabling you to easily know where you are. Throughout the area, signs are thoroughly placed to indicate the route to the nearest major freeway. Highway 2 and Interstate 90 roughly border the downtown area. There are many parking lots in and around downtown, but most charge a fee. There is on-street metered parking, as well.





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