Rider's Digest -- August 2017

 Rider's Digest -- August 2017

With mobile ticketing, your cell phone IS your RTA farecard

Every month, more and more customers are using RTA’s new mobile ticketing app. More than $185,600 in fare media was sold in June, and that number keeps growing.

With the RTA CLE app, skip the lines and pay from your phone. The RTA CLE app is free to download from the iPhone App Store and Android Google Play. Available fare media includes versions of the All-Day Pass, the 7-Day Pass, the Monthly Pass.

With the RTA CLE app, you can easily plan and pay for your trip on your phone. You can even use the app’s interactive map screen to coordinate your ride ahead of time. With a secure RTA CLE account, add your credit card information to pay for the pass, then use your pass right now, or store it for later use with the app’s Ticket Manager feature.

“Mobile ticketing gives our riders a more convenient option for fare purchases and a more efficient way to plan their trip ahead of time,” said Joe Calabrese, CEO and General Manager. “We’re excited to continue to improve upon our rider experience and make traveling around Cleveland that much more convenient and better.”

The new app is powered by Passport, a leading mobile payments provider for transit and parking.

Buy an All-Day Pass to see Browns pass

The Cleveland Browns host the New Orleans Saints in a pre-season exhibition game at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10.

To reach FirstEnergy Stadium,

After the event, service on all Rapid lines will be extended to take fans home.

Remember these times: normal rail service

It is important to be aware of the departure time of RTA trains, especially on nights when there are no special events. Be aware of signs posted at the Tower City Station, and at stations along the Green Line and the Blue Line.

  • Red Line: The last eastbound train leaves the Tower City Station at 12:21 a.m. The last westbound train leaves the Tower City Station at 12:44 a.m.
  • Blue Line: The last eastbound train leaves the Tower City Station at 12:15 a.m.
  • Green Line: The last eastbound train leaves the Tower City Station at 9 p.m.
  • Waterfront Line: The last eastbound train leaves the South Harbor Station at 7:05 p.m.

For more service information, go to the Schedules page, use the RTA tripplanner, or call the RTAnswerline, 216-621-9500.

20 new timetables take effect Aug. 13

Some 20 RTA bus routes change on Sunday, Aug. 13. Most changes are minor.

Riders can pick up new timetables for the Cleveland State Line, 1, 2, 10, 14, 15, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28/28A, 32, 41/41F, 45, 51, 51A, 51B-C, 51ALL, 75, 76, 79/79A, 83, 86, 251.

The changes to the 22, 49 and 75 will result in improved coordination between of three bus routes at the West Park Station.

Where to obtain new timetables

  • As soon as they are ready, new timetables will be posted on the Schedules page of the RTA Web site.
  • Copies will be available at RTA’s Main Office, 1240 W. Sixth St., and at the Tower City Customer Service Center.
  • Before Aug. 13, data on RTA’s trip planner will be updated.
  • To order a timetable by mail, call the RTAnswerline, 216-621-9500.

Real-time information for the new timetables will be available as soon as it is effective.

Timetables sport new design

In an effort to give riders simpler, more useful information about their routes, some RTA timetables for the Aug. 13 service change will sport a new design. They will have new maps, a redesigned front cover, and a new table format. Timetables will be converted to the new format over the course of the year, with the goal of all timetables changing over to the new design by December.

See transit apps on RTA Web site

You spoke, we listened. There are now multiple real-time transit apps available on the RTA Web site. Please check them out, and start using the one that best fits your needs.

The Web page features an app showcase, plus key information for developers of new Web applications.

If you have general questions about that page, contact the RTA Webmaster. If support help is needed, contact the specific app developer.

Farecards include discount admissions to area museums

August is the last month of summer. Why not use it to explore Cleveland at a discount – courtesy of RTA?

Your RTA farecard can be used for much more than a bus or train ride. With the #IGORTA promotion, your farecard can earn you discounts at Cleveland’s world-class museums. Have fun, and learn a few things along the way, at these sites.

$5 off admission to the:

$2 off admission to the:

You can also use your RTA farecard to hop on the HealthLine and visit the Cleveland Museum of Art. But don’t expect $2 off the admission price at the Museum of Art – because it is always free.

Complete list of more than 40 farecard-related discounts

Where do you go on RTA?

Where do you go on RTA? Why not tell us – and tell the world?

A social media campaign, IGORTA allows you to share your RTA destinations with Cleveland. Use #IGORTA to post your photos on Twitter and Instagram. You could be eligible to win prizes. The contest ends Aug. 31. Use the hashtag, and your photos will automatically appear on the IGORTA page.

Aug. 26-27: Ride RTA to Garlic Festival

The Cleveland Garlic Festival takes over Shaker Square from

  • 1-9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26
  • Noon-6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27.

The event is just steps away from the Shaker Square Rapid Station on the Green Line and the Blue Line. You can also ride bus routes 11 and 48.

The festival features food, live music, and “all things garlic.”

Bring your own breath mints.

Aug. 12-15: Ride the Rapid to Little Italy

The 100,000 people headed to Little Italy this month for the Feast of the Assumption do not have to give parking a second thought.

They can park free at a Rapid Station, and ride the Red Line to the Little Italy-University Circle Station, about one block from Holy Rosary Church, the epicenter of the four-day celebration.

During this time, Mayfield Road is closed from Euclid Avenue to Cleveland Heights.

The Station opened in August 2015, just a few days before the festival.

Festival hours this year:

  • Noon-midnight Saturday, Aug. 12.
  • Noon-11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.
  • 6 p.m.-midnight Monday, Aug. 14.
  • Noon-11 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Sign up now for emergency alerts

Cuyahoga County residents can sign up for emergency alerts and other important information.

The mass notification system, ReadyNotify, is free to county residents. It provides immediate information about emergency events and other important information, including County government news, County building closures, water boil alerts, and safety messages.

Registered users will be able to receive information via landline telephones, cell phones, text messages, and e-mail.

Registering with ReadyNotify will not interfere with your ability to receive alerts or other information through one of the many city-operated systems in the county. ReadyNotify provides county-level information and is intended to supplement city-operated mass notification systems.