Traverse City Film Festival: Don't let jockeying for a metered parking spot add unnecessary stress to your Film Fest experience. Park the car over at Northwestern Michigan College's more spacious lots and leave it to BATA's free shuttle to drop you curbside at movie venues across Traverse City

For the second year, BATA will offer free transportation during the Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), July 31-August 4, 2013. Over the course of the five-day event, specially marked shuttle buses will provide service every 10-15 minutes to downtown Traverse City from three park-and-ride locations: the NMC Dogwood and Elm lots on the east side, and the Thirlby Field lot on the west side. Riders will be picked up from these locations and dropped off around the Festival Loop.

The shuttles stop at each movie venue, the free festival parking lots, the Larry C. Harding Parking Deck, and the Old Town Parking Deck downtown. Service will run Wednesday through Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. until the last filmgoers and volunteers are returned to their cars each night.  

“Last year’s shuttle was a great success,” says BATA Business Development Director, Carrie Thompson. “We transported nearly 8,000 riders, and we expect even more riders this year, just as our 2013 National Cherry Festival shuttle numbers surpassed those of 2012.” 

The free BATA shuttle program was introduced in 2012, with the cooperation of TCFF, to not only help reduce downtown traffic congestion but reduce TCFF’s carbon footprint. It also provides transportation for event volunteers who frequently travel between venues during the festival.

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