CLE Parking “Cheat Code”

Brook Park RTA to CLE

I’m getting ready for some travel, soon. And in a recent conversation with my friend Lauren, I was reminded of the fact that we discovered a sort of “cheat code” for parking at the Cleveland Airport that I never ended up sharing in this space (even though I thought that I had)! So now I’m writing to share my information and experiences. There’s no actually cheating when it comes to this “cheat code.” It’s borrowing a term from the world of video games, where the game designers build in a special shortcut to get around tricky sections of the game — but one generally needs to be a true gamer, connected to the relational web of other gamers, willing to dig deep into the structure of that world, to know the cheat codes. So anyway, Lauren and I feel like we’ve found a cheat code to traveling out of CLE that seems worth sharing for any other true travelers who want to take advantage of the opportunity.

Brook Park RTA to CLE

So, this CLE parking “cheat code” involves driving to- and parking at the Brookpark Rapid Station, just one mile from the airport itself. Parking one’s car is fast and free at this train station! Publically-posted signs indicate that one is allowed to park for up to seven days. And then, after parking, one can ride the train to the check-in area at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in less time than it takes to park in the Orange Lot at the airport and walk in from there. Trains run four times an hour from 3:36 in the morning to 12:51 at night. And I’m telling you: It’s totally painless. And it costs just $2.50!

Brook Park RTA to CLE

I tried this myself back in February of 2023 — so I’m speaking from personal experience, not just internet research. It’s really kind of amazing. Americans can be a little squeamish about public transportation (except for people from lower socio-economic strata who have no choice), but this is one of those things that’s worth the learning curve. I expect that the squeamishness is mostly a lack of knowledge and experience. It’s another one of those things that makes sense for health, for wealth, for the earth, and for mirth. The “for health” argument is maybe not as convincing for this Brookpark shortcut as it is for using a push reel lawn mower or considering cycling a form of transportation. But the economic benefits, environmental benefits, and experiential benefits are all very much in play with this CLE parking “cheat code.”

Brook Park RTA to CLE

So use my information and experience to help develop your own information and experience, if you want. Or don’t. That would just leave more parking spots open for me.

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