'Tribe Park and Ride' can get fans to the game

CLEVELAND -- Do you want to see the Indians play but have no way of getting to Progressive Field?

If so, behold the organization's new transportation option, "Tribe Park and Ride." On three weekend days in June and two more in July, fans can hitch a ride to Progressive Field on one of five buses, each of which will make a stop in Mentor, Warrensville Heights, Independence, Strongsville or Westlake. Tickets cost $5 and must be purchased in advance.

"One of our commitments is to make the fans the focus of our actions," club president Mark Shapiro said in a press release. "Our main goal is to provide convenience and value to our fans so they're able to have memorable experiences at Progressive Field."

The new program will be in effect on Friday, June 14 (vs. Washington); Sunday, June 16 (vs. Washington); Saturday, June 22 (vs. Minnesota); Friday, July 5 (vs. Detroit); and Saturday, July 13 (vs. Kansas City).

Of the buses in operation, one is Fox Sports Ohio's new Fan Express, while the other four are from Lakefront Lines. The Fan Express, covered in Indians decals, will rotate between suburbs. The buses will load 90 minutes before the game's first pitch and leave about 15 minutes later. They'll take off from Progressive Field 20 minutes after the final out or the finish of the evening's fireworks, departing on Ontario Street near the Indians Team Shop.

To get the specifics on where each bus will load or learn how to purchase tickets, visit Indians.com/ParkandRide.

"In all our market research, one of the significant barriers to entry into Downtown Cleveland and Progressive Field has been access to transportation," Shapiro said. "There are many safe, reliable and cost-effective means to get to our ballpark."

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.