The Oregon District is getting a new shuttle service.
Details on how the service will work have yet to be finalized. Read below for the preliminary proposal.
Will you ride it?
Reported Monday, July 27
Think it is hard to find parking in the Oregon District?
A proposed free shuttle service might make parking and bouncing around the historic district that much more easy on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The Oregon District Business Association is working with the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Citywide Development, the RTA and the offices of the Dayton mayor and city manager to bring such a shuttle to the historic entertainment district near downtown Dayton, said Mike Martin, ODBA's president.
"Our plan is threefold. First we want to provide our employees a convenient location for parking away from prime parking that we would like to reserve for patrons of the Oregon District. Second, we want to provide safe, convenient, inexpensive parking for customers on the peak nights of Friday and Saturday," Mike said in an email message. "Finally, we want to encourage our customers to move between different businesses in the District to increase the awareness to our customers of the many types of cool businesses we have here in Oregon and to increase foot traffic in these businesses."
If approved, the ODBA would foot the $35,000 annual bill to operate the 21-passenger shuttle bus. It would seek sponsors and sell naming rights.
Businesses will vote on the shuttle proposal Wednesday at 4 p.m. If approved, the program will start Sept. 1.
Supporters say parking challenges will increase when the Hughes Supply construction is underway.
Here are few key points:
Free employee parking.
The city will provide free parking to Oregon District employees at the Dayton Transportation Center Parking Garage at Fifth and Patterson streets. Martin said this could help open up parking spaces in the Oregon District to customers.
Discounted weekend parking rates.
People can park in the garage for a flat rate of $3. The time is to be determined. The 1,416 vehicle capacity garage is typically $2 per hour with a $6 daily rate.
Bouncing around the district
The free shuttle service would run every 15 minutes or so and move folks around the entire Oregon Business District. It will go up Fifth Street from the transportation center and make specific stops at Dub Pub and Franco's and over to Wheat Penny, Oregon Tails (pet salon), Found Treasures 4 You and the Dayton Theatre Guild area on Wayne Avenue before heading back down Fifth Street to the transportation center.
What do you think?
Would you use a free shuttle? Do you think it would work?