Tuesday, August 30, 2016

#Davidson enters the public transportation game w/ Saturday Shuttle

P&R Bus
The Town of Davidson will become the newest public transit service in the area with the trial launch of a shuttle service on Saturday mornings coinciding predominately with the hours of the Farmers Market.

From the town press release on Tuesday...

The Town of Davidson is pleased to announce the start of our “Saturday Shuttle” program to help transport citizens to downtown Davidson. The shuttle will run on Saturdays in September and October from 9:00 a.m. until noon. The purpose of the shuttle is to provide Davidson citizens with convenient transportation to downtown Davidson to visit the Davidson Farmer’s Market and our many shops and restaurants.

The route will be a continuous loop from the River Run athletic field parking lot to Main Street, with stops at the intersection of Concord Road and Kimberly Road and the intersection of Concord Road and St. Alban’s Lane. Pick-up times at the River Run parking lot will be:

9:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m., and
11:30 a.m.

Pick-up times at the Davidson Farmer’s Market parking lot on Main Street will be

9:15 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
11:15 a.m., and
11:45 a.m.

There is no mention of a charge for the service in the town's press release, so it is presumably free to riders. The town will use its Parks and Recreation bus for this shuttle.  A question into the Economic Development department as to the cost/funding for the program was not immediately returned.

"Parking" has long been a hot topic in Downtown Davidson, but truly the one time where parking is a consistent challenge is Saturday mornings during the Farmers Market when the market takes up the largest parking lot in downtown while at the same time attracting large crowds.

It will be interesting to see if this shuttle serving Davidson's east side impacts that dynamic.

Shuttle Route Map

1 comment:

  1. In a mature urbanizing area, this would be great news. Getting people out of their Mega-fortress SUVS will the the toughest sell.