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Nighttime Transportation Services Offered for Saint Patrick's Celebration

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - We are just a week away from Savannah's big St. Patrick's Day parade.

One thing you might be wondering about is how you're going to get downtown during the big event. The city is joining together with Chatham Area Transit to provide a big service for you.

When the festivities begin next Friday, you can expect to see hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists gathering for the annual parade.

"The beauty of the city and the amount of people who came here," said Comfort Suites's Russ Sill of Saint Patrick's Days past, "it was a nice time."

But recently, Sill says he's noticed problems when the bars close at night.

"We have a mass exodus onto the street, and when we have that mass exodus on the street, everyone's leaving at the same time and the taxis can't accommodate all the people who are in need," he told us. "I was told by some adult people that we should be ashamed of ourselves, because we invite people here and then can't get them from point A to point B."

Police are also concerned.

"Transportation was limited and we had people fighting over rides," said SCMPD Capt. Larry Branson.

Sill says he took his concerns to Chatham County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis and other city officials, and now, to make things easier this year, the City of Savannah and Chatham Area Transit are teaming up, providing transportation next weekend.

"It gives Savannah a new way of moving people from out of downtown and moving them back to their hotels or a safe area other than downtown," said CAT's interim executive director Joseph Rivers.

Sill says he's all in favor of the first-ever nighttime transportation service. "It's a step in the right direction and hopefully we will learn from this experience."

The shuttle will run Friday from 8pm to 2am and Saturday from 10pm to 3am. Click here for complete details.

Reported by:  David Hall,

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