Gulfport to Tie New Car Park and Shuttle Service

Shuttle bus to be hybrid-electric

Published: 20-Jan-2004

Coast Transit Authority will launch a free shuttle service in downtown Gulfport today, which the agency hopes will reduce traffic and relieve a parking shortage in the central business district.

The new bus route coincides with the opening of CTA's $6.6 million park-and-ride center across from the federal courthouse on 15th Street.

For years, insufficient parking has stunted efforts to revitalize downtown Gulfport. The park-and-ride center is supposed to improve parking, but some merchants say the center is located too far from most businesses and shops to be effective.

A study presented to the City Council in 1999 identified land near 30th Avenue and 13th Street on the downtown's west side as the best location for the garage. The center was built on 15th Street to accommodate the federal courthouse, which opened in October.

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