“Mayor Kim Driscoll has announced that the City of Salem will be launching a pilot program for free satellite parking and shuttle service for the final two weekends of October, in an effort to encourage visitors to park outside of the downtown and lessen traffic congestion.
Route A will run both weekends (October 21-22 and 28-29), picking up at the Salem High School parking lot, 77 Willson Street. Route B will only run the weekend of October 28-29, picking up at the Salem State University O’Keefe Center parking lot, 225 Canal Street. Cars parking at Salem State should not park in reserved areas designated by “M.” The two lots comprise about 600 available parking spaces.
Signage will be placed at all locations directing visitors to the available parking and shuttle stop locations. Both routes drop off near downtown on Riley Plaza, Route A on Mill Street and Route B on Margin Street.
Shuttle buses will circulate on both routes from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on October 21-22 and October 28-29. Parking at both lots and the shuttle itself are free of charge.
“I’m pleased that we are able to try this new shuttle service for the busiest two weekends of October,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “Hopefully it will encourage visitors to not drive downtown during these weekends and will help reduce the traffic and parking challenges we face in October. We’ll be collecting data on ridership and feedback, so that we can make adjustments and improvements to this new program for next October.”
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