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Fans board the East Carolina University free game-day shuttle outside of Sup Dogs on Saturday morning prior to the Pirates' noon kickoff against Virginia Tech.  (Rob Taylor/The Daily Reflector)

Rob Taylor/The Daily Reflector

Fans board the East Carolina University free game-day shuttle outside of Sup Dogs on Saturday morning prior to the Pirates’ noon kickoff against Virginia Tech. (Rob Taylor/The Daily Reflector)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

 

With only one game under its belt so far, the Uptown Greenville Gameday Shuttle Service has already made a difference in gameday traffic.

The shuttle service was used at East Carolina University’s first Saturday home game on Aug. 31 and was used again at Saturday’s game against the Virginia Tech Hokies.

The shuttle, which runs three hours prior to game time and two hours after the game ends, stops at Winslow’s, Varsity Club, Sup Dogs and U.B.E.

The shuttle will run on all remaining Saturday home games: Oct. 19, Nov. 9 and Nov. 17.

On Sept. 1, Uptown Greenville announced on its Facebook page that nearly 400 people used the shuttle and that Greenville Police and ECU Transit “felt it decreased vehicle traffic around the stadium.”

Uptown Director Bianca Shoneman also said she’s received positive comments from the public, thanking the organization and praising the convenience of the service.

“Uptown Greenville is incredibly proud of the success of the first gameday shuttle,” Shoneman said. “The partnership between out organization, Uptown merchants, ECU Transit and Athletics and the City of Greenville offers an alternative mode of transportation to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for visiting fans, people with mobility challenges, locals and pirate alumni.”

Shoneman said the service alleviates traffic congestion around the stadium while promoting downtown restaurants and shops.

“We are proud are proud to have organized this service on behalf of the Pirate community,” she said.

Contact Abbie Bennett at abennett@reflector.com or 252-329-9579. Follow her on Twitter @AbbieRBennett.

via The Daily Reflector.

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