CLEVELAND - With city of Cleveland officials expecting more than 300,000 people downtown for the St. Patrick's Day festivities, here are a few tips to get you through the day:
-Know your plan before you go: Check weather forecasts, road closures and agree on a meeting place in case you get separated. Cell phone service will be hard to come by with so many people downtown.
-Listen to local authorities and traffic controllers.
-Have a designated driver, call a cab or use public transportation if you drink.
-Come early and stay late, but be patient.
-This year's St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at 2:04 p.m. That's an hour later than usual.
-Crews will start closing the streets along to the route at about 12:30 p.m.
-The parade goes west on Superior from East 18th to East Roadway, north on East Roadway to Rockwell, east on Rockwell to East 6th Street, then northbound to St. Clair
-No parking along the route from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
-RTA is planning on extra riders, and will be increasing services on all the rail lines and many of the buses.
-The busiest times for RTA at right before and right after the parade.
-Plan your route on riderta.com or Google Transit
-All-day passes for RTA are $5. RTA employees will be selling passes at most rail stations. You can also buy them at the ticket vending machines or stores like Giant Eagle and Dave's Supermarket.
-There are about 7,000 parking spaces in RTA's system and parking is free at the rail lots.
-The parking lots at the West 117th and Brookpark stations have the most spaces, but fill up fast.
-Sunday trolleys on the C line and L line will be rerouted.
-Have questions? Call the RTAnswerline at 216-621-9500.