This article appeared in the February 2017 issue of the Georgia's Cities newspaper.
In December 2016, the city of Rome’s Downtown Development Authority Board presented a check on behalf of Rome BID (Business Improvement District) for $8,000 to The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) to help support the new, free shuttle service in Downtown Rome.
“We are excited to gain the additional financial support from BID to help offset the cost of this service,” said Lisa Smith, Executive Director of the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The new shuttle increases accessibility downtown and is a great supplemental service for both residents and visitors.”
Rome BID enables local property and business owners to finance services and improvements beyond those already provided by the city of Rome.
“The addition of the free downtown shuttle is a service that BID is excited to support to enhance the Downtown Rome experience,” said DDA Board Chairman Steven McDowell.
The eight passenger club car provides transportation to downtown shopping, restaurants, parking, hotels and The Forum. The route loops from the Cotton block to the 700 block, allowing riders to request stops at crosswalks and intersections along the route as well as jump on the shuttle during stops.