Use RTA bus service to green your commute

 A Message from the Bay Village Green Team

Make a New Year’s resolution to save money and green your commute! Save wear and tear on your car, save on parking and rising gasoline costs, and do your part to reduce emissions in Northeast Ohio.

The RTA has several bus routes that go in to Downtown Cleveland on weekdays. The cost is $2.25 or $2.50 per ride – much cheaper than most downtown parking. And, you can get bus passes that reduce the cost even further. Following are the public transit routes in Bay and Westlake.

West Shore Flyer – Route 55F

The bus route goes through Bay Village – on either Lake, Wolf, or Osborn roads – within a few blocks of just about anyone that lives in the city. The route continues on Lake Rd. to Clifton Blvd., and on into Downtown Cleveland. Morning eastbound routes run between 6 and 8 a.m. Evening westbound routes run between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. 

If you live in Westlake, there are several routes that go between Crocker Park and downtown Cleveland. Or, you can catch the 55F at the Clague Road Park-N-Ride (at the intersection of Clague and Wolf roads).

Westlake Park-N-Ride – Route 246

This is a great option if you prefer a route with no stops into Downtown Cleveland. The Park-N-Ride leaves from the RTA lot that is between Columbia and Clague, off of Sperry Dr. There is also an entrance off of Columbia Rd. in Westlake just past the railroad tracks. Morning eastbound routes run between 6 and 8:30 a.m. Evening westbound routes run between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

You can also connect at the Westgate Transit Center to travel into Downtown Cleveland. From the Westgate Transit Center, you can make a connection with several bus routes, including Route 26 or Route 55 into Downtown Cleveland. 

Detroit-Wagar – Route 46

This bus route is on Detroit Ave. between Crocker Park and the Westgate Transit Center. The westbound route has a stop at the Westlake Park-N-Ride. The bus schedule is hourly throughout the day, ending around 6 p.m. 

Center Ridge – Route 49

This bus route connects Crocker Park (corner of Market and Main streets) and St. John Medical Center with the Westgate Shopping Center and Fairview Hospital via Center Ridge Rd. You can also get a connection at the Westgate Transit Center or the West Park Rapid Station. The bus schedule is hourly throughout the day, ending around 10 p.m.

To view specific bus routes, schedules and fares, visit

The Bay Village Green Team meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Bay Village City Hall in the second floor conference room. Please join us at an upcoming meeting on Jan. 11 or Feb. 8.

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