The annual Feast of the Assumption Festival is coming to Little Italy this weekend, and this year’s organizers expect even more people than normal. That’s because it just got a little easier to get to Little Italy.

On Tuesday, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) opened a new $15.6 million Little Italy-University Circle Station at the intersection of Mayfield Road and East 119th Street.

“I take the Red Line twice a day to and from work,” said Tadbir Singh, who takes the RTA train from downtown to Little Italy. “This is actually my first time getting off at this stop.”

Up until Tuesday’s opening, Singh would normally get off a quarter mile away. Folks who drive there have their own problems.

“It’s very congested, parking is limited, and it adds for people to be able to move in and out and not have the hassle of parking,” said Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

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