Traffic & Transportation

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Getting into and around Downtown Cleveland during Convention Week will take some planning. Road closures, re-routes, parking bans and security zones are likely to alter your routine, but there are several options available to make your commute as manageable as possible. Whether you're planning to drive, bus, train or bike into Downtown, make sure you have the most up-to-date information through these various resources.

The City of Cleveland keeps updated information regarding traffic and transportation during the Republican National Convention on their website. Below are quick links to important topics:

Public Transportation
The City of Cleveland is recommending that commuters utilize public transportation during the week of the Republican National Convention (July 18-22).

  • RTA has announced a service plan for buses, trolleys and rapid transit specific to Convention Week. See their hours, frequency and route updates here.
  • Commuters are encouraged to take advantage of RTA's 6,000 free parking spaces at rail stations and use the Rapid to get to the Tower City Station in Downtown Cleveland, or to get across town.
  • RTA will be prepared to increase service levels on the Red, Blue and Green Line trains, and Park-N-Ride services.
  • Once Downtown, RTA's free Downtown trolleys will help link customers from Public Square to all Downtown venues. The E-Line and B-Line Trolleys will operate will operate every 5 minutes and for extended hours, on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • RTA is offering a $20 special Convention weekly pass for unlimited rides from July 17-23.
  • The HealthLine operates 24-7 from Public Square to all Euclid Avenue locations.
  • RTA has created a new way for riders to pay for transit fares. The free RTA CLE app for mobile ticketing lets riders skip the lines and pay from their phones.
  • Sign up for RTA commuter alerts here.

Driving tips:

  • Know several routes: Be able to alter your route if traffic becomes impassible.
  • Know the closures: Make sure you know which roads and parking lots are closed. Plan and know where you will park before you leave.
  • Pack a "go-bag": Carry your medications, a change of clothes, water, snacks and a phone charger with you.
  • Fill up: Make sure you have plenty of gas in your tank.
  • Stay informed: Check traffic information (try the OHGO app, local public radio, or local news stations) before leaving to know whether you'll need to plan for extra time or take a different route.
  • Leave early: Allow an additional 45 minutes to an hour for travel time if you plan to drive into Downtown. This will allow for additional traffic, rerouting, or road blockages.