Monday, May 21, 2012
Mountain Xpress offers free park-and-ride summertime shuttle to downtown & Hot Springs Mountain
The Mountain Xpress, a free shuttle bus that takes visitors through the downtown historic and arts district, Convention Center, Hot Springs Mountain and the Mountain Tower, will operate again this year.
The bus will run at 30-minute intervals between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from May 26 to September 3. They will pick up passengers at major downtown hotels and three designated park-and-ride areas.
“The Mountain Xpress is a scenic, fun and environmentally friendly way for visitors to shop, dine, sightsee and visit local attractions,” said Intracity Transit Resident Advisor Bob Reddish. “Leaving the car in one of the park-and-ride locations lets visitors enjoy the ride without the cost or inconvenience of parking and driving.” The City of Hot Springs and Visit Hot Springs have partnered to repeat the free service for the third year.
The buses are comfortable and air conditioned. Bike racks enable bikers to travel a portion of the route by bike, and the rest by bus.
The buses will travel up Hot Springs Mountain to the Mountain Tower and back through downtown Hot Springs, including historic Bathhouse Row, art galleries, antique and boutique shops, restaurants, attractions and more. The drivers will provide information about the areas through which the buses travel.
Visitors will be able to park their cars free and board the buses at the Hot Springs Convention Center parking lot, 134 Convention Boulevard; Transportation Plaza, 100 Broadway Terrace; and at the Exchange Street Parking Plaza on Central Avenue, where parking on the top two floors is free, and riders can board the bus at Central Avenue in front of the Plaza. In addition, there will be signs along Bathhouse Row and in the central business area where the buses will stop to pick up passengers. Hotels with pickup stops include the Austin Hotel & Convention Center, Embassy Suites Hot Springs, Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, Park Hotel and Hot Springs Hotel.
For more information, call Hot Springs Intracity Transit, 321-2020.