City of Savannah and Chatham Area Transit (CAT) announced today the extended hours for the popular and free DOT shuttle. The goal of the extended night and weekend hours is to help residents, employees and visitors access the downtown area.
Effective July 9, 2018, the DOT’s hours of operations will go from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the weekday to 7 a.m. to midnight. The DOT will provide shuttle service on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to midnight, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and holiday hours including MLK, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
City of Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach said, “Downtown Savannah has so much to offer, great restaurants, lots of shopping options, our historic district monuments and museums, entertainment opportunities. It’s also where many of us come to work each day. We are excited that our partnership with CAT is going to help people get downtown and move around the City without putting a dent in their pocketbooks.”
CAT Board Chairman Howard French said, “Thanks to our partnership with the City of Savannah, we will extend the service hours for the DOT shuttle, which is a win-win for riders, who work downtown late into the evenings and for the city and business community. We see both residents and tourists using the shuttles and I want to thank the Mayor, his staff, and our elected officials for this great public transit partnership.”
To date, CAT is averaging about 23,000 rides per month on the dot service and ridership is on pace to hit a quarter million trips since the inception of the new revamped shuttle service in September 2017. Since the shuttles operate every 10 minutes, there is no need for customers to carry a route guide or worry about the schedule.
City of Savannah Parking and Mobility Director Sean Brandon said, “The best places to park in downtown Savannah are in our parking garages. Now that CAT has expanded the DOT shuttle hours, our downtown workers and visitors are going to have an easier time getting to and from all of our garages, saving them time and money.”
All of the City’s parking garages have hourly availability and evening passes are available too. The Liberty Street Parking Garage has plenty of spaces open for people interested in purchasing a daytime monthly pass. The extended hours which take effect July 9, and all the City’s parking options, are highlighted in the City’s “Guide to Working and Parking in Downtown Savannah” brochure (see attached).
Information about the shuttle routes can be found at www.savannahga.gov/parking or www.catchacat.org.