CAT extends free downtown shuttle service hours

CAT extends free downtown shuttle service hours

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Chatham Area Transit is extending the hours of its free downtown shuttle service on Monday, July 9.

Normally, the shuttle service runs until 7 p.m., but, due to demand, officials have shifted those hours to better serve the community.

City of Savannah Director of Mobility and Parking Services Sean Brandon said he's excited about the extension, and, ever since Chatham Area Transit started the free DOT shuttle service, people have been asking for more hours to use it.

Here's how it works: Commuters can use two different routes. The Forsyth Loop will take you north to south, and the Historic Loop travels east to west. Both loops make frequent stops, and you can hop on one usually every ten minutes.

When CAT initially offered the free service, the shuttles ran until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and wrapped up around 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Starting July 9, the service will run until midnight six days a week (Monday through Saturday), and until 9 p.m. on Sundays. CAT said the Route 6 Cross Town will undergo minor schedule adjustments to improve timeliness and connections.

"From what we've been told by our customers, that is an ideal time. It will cover throughout the day. And when afternoon and evening workers come on, it will include the bulk of their shifts," Brandon said.

Earlier this year, the city of Savannah changed their pay for parking structure, splitting much of the downtown area into two zones and extending its parking enforcement hours.

A number of downtown employees were not happy with the changes, so the city hopes this extension will give employees, residents and visitors another option at night.

New schedules are available at the ticket window or online at www.catchacat.org. The fare-free dot shuttle schedules can be found at www.connectonthedot.com.

For additional information on schedules and routes, please call the Customer Service Ride Line at 912-233-5767.

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