SAVANNAH, GEORGIA - March 6, 2007 - Chatham Area Transit Authority officials announced today that on St. Patrick's Day, CAT will provide some additional service to its existing routes. In addition, bus stops for the 14 Abercorn and 27 Waters Road routes will shift from under the Oglethorpe Mall parking deck to Hodgson Memorial from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. while the City of Savannah-operated St. Patrick's Day shuttle is in service.
For residents and visitors wishing to use public transportation to get downtown to the parade activities and leave their vehicles at home, each of the routes listed below offers an economical option. Westside CAT bus routes listed alight passengers in the MLK, Jr. Blvd /Broughton vicinity. East/southside buses alight and board passengers at Oglethorpe/Price.
On St. Patrick's Day, all fixed-route service is on a Saturday schedule. CAT offices are opened from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. for ticket/token/swipe card sales. Telephone schedule information will be available from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CAT Central, 124 Bull Street, will be closed.
Due to the parade, buses in downtown will detour from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. and certain bus stops along the parade route will not be served between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Also, the downtown CAT Shuttle in Historic Savannah will NOT be in service on St. Patrick's Day.
In addition, the fare-free Savannah Belles Ferry will be operating from 7:00 a.m. until midnight on St. Patrick's Day between the Hutchinson Island dock and the Waving Girl dock by the Savannah Marriott Riverfront. The Savannah International Trade and Convention Center's parking lot will be open to the public on March 17th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The parking fee is $10 per car per day.
Telephone information is available at (912) 233-5767. The public may also access CAT's website at catchacat.org for route and schedule information or to link to the City of Savannah's website for additional St. Patrick's Day information.