More people expected in Public Square once Horseshoe Casino Cleveland opens

CLEVELAND - Once the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland opens its doors, roughly 15,000 more people will be in Public Square daily.

Public Square is also the busiest hub for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority system, making a busy area even busier.

According to RTA, Cleveland will be the only city in the country where the rail system and the casino will be in the same building.

"RTA is right here, you don't have to leave the building. You can go from the train system to the casino and never leave the building," said RTA spokeswoman Mary McCahon.

RTA does not anticipate an increase in service, yet. Peak hours for the transit authority are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays. Peak hours for the casino are expected to be evenings, weekends and holidays.

"Right now, because we have the fewest people riding on the weekends, we have capacity," said McCahon.

Traffic is congested in the area and parking is at a premium. A valet and self-park garage is owned by the casino. It has 1,300 spaces. The casino has also leased a lot at Superior Avenue and West 3rd Street, which will offer another 300 spots to casino visitors.

Cleveland city officials said right now parking is sufficient. If the demand increases, the city will take another look at parking. City officials will also monitor potential price gouging on nights when several activities are happening at once.

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