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Service will be offered on annual holiday event’s peak dates

The City of St. Augustine will once again offer a free park and ride shuttle on the peak dates of the Nights of Lights.

Starting on Light-Up! Night, Saturday, November 18, the opening night of the annual holiday lighting event, the free park and ride shuttle will continue on Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving Weekend (November 24 & 25) and then every Saturday in December.

The shuttle, first launched during last year’s Nights of Lights, will operate from 1:00pm-11:00pm and from two parking locations north of the downtown: the St. Johns County Health Department, 200 San Sebastian View, and the San Marco Lot, 301 San Marco Ave.

In its inaugural run a year ago, the service provided free parking for 3,723 cars and transportation to the downtown for approximately 11,000 passengers. The shuttle’s goal is to offer the public an alternative to traffic congestion by reducing the number of cars in the downtown and to eliminate their need to seek out and pay for parking.

Businesses are encouraged to include information about the shuttle in their seasonal advertising as a service to visitors who will be traveling into the city during peak days of the Nights of Lights.

The shuttle is made possible by the City of St. Augustine with supportive funding from the St. Johns County Tourism Development Council. The 24th season of the Nights of Lights begins on November 18and runs through the end of January.

The Nights of Lights is funded by the City of St. Augustine and the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. The City of St. Augustine manages the installation and maintenance of displays at over 100 locations in the downtown area, including buildings, parks, and gardens throughout the city, but much of the credit for the success of the Nights of Lights belongs to the businesses and residents who voluntarily participate at their own expense truly making the St. Augustine a city of light.

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