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 17, 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 23 & 24) and then every Saturday in December.
The shuttle, first launched during Nights of Lights in 2016, will operate this year from 1:00pm-11:00pm and from two parking locations north of the downtown:
On Saturday, November 17, for Light-Up! Night only, free park and ride shuttle services will be expanded to include service along Anastasia Blvd., from 4:00pm to 11:00pm, picking up passengers at the following locations:
- Anastasia Baptist Church, 1650 A1A South
- St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340- C A1A South
- R.B. Hunt Elementary, 125 Magnolia Dr.
Shuttle service on Anastasia Island on Light-Up! Night is provided by Historic Tours of America and Ripley's Red Train Tours. A map of the Light-Up! Night shuttle service route is available here on the website.
In its inaugural run, the service provided free parking for 3,723 cars and transportation to the downtown for over 11,000 passengers. Last year, parking and ridership comparatively increased by 64%. 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 25th Anniversary of the Nights of Lights begins on November 17 and runs through February 3, 2019.
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 St. Augustine a city of light.
For more information about Nights of Lights, visit www.NightsofLights.com.