A new parking shuttle debuts today in Annapolis, here’s what you need to know

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City of Annapolis unveils improved free shuttle service to downtown ahead of Hillman Garage reconstruction. The Hillman garage will close on May 2, 2022.

The free service, with improved buses, a new design, increased frequency and new clearly marked signs to mark each stop, will connect visitors and residents to parking lots and surface lots along West Street/Calvert Street/Church Circle and Main Street.

Operating seven days a week, the free shuttle will be in service from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The improved free shuttle will be in service from April 25.

During peak weekday hours from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the service will operate with increased frequency (10 minutes or less).

“Part of our temporary mobility plan during Hillman’s reconstruction is to provide convenient ways for residents to park safely and then get to downtown quickly,” City Manager David Jarrell said. “The enhanced free shuttle is just one of the ways we’re reinforcing that ‘Downtown Annapolis is open for business.'”

As part of the enhanced free shuttle service, new signs will be erected to clearly mark the shuttle stops, including:

  • Garage Park Square
  • Garage Knighton
  • West Street to Lafayette Street
  • West Street to Calvert Street (westbound only)
  • Church Circle/Circuit Court
  • Town hall
  • Main Street at Gorman Street

The signs will also include a QR code so riders can check where the shuttles are in real time.

The city will also launch an outdoor electric cart to do a close loop between Calvert Street, State Circle, Maryland Avenue, Market Space, Main Street and West Street, accessible from Gotts Garage (25 Calvert Street), Whitmore Garage (37 Clay Street ) and Calvert Garage (19 St. Johns St.). The “10-Minute Trolley” can be signaled at any point along the route.

At the end of May, the on-demand service will be launched by mobility partner VIA to and from fixed locations using its proprietary smartphone app.

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In addition to the free downtown shuttle, electric cart, and VIA on-demand option, there are also 1,000 additional public parking spaces at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Annapolis Transit operates the state shuttle between the stadium and the Maryland State House. The one-way fare on the state shuttle is $2.

Other downtown parking options will continue to include Dock Street, on-street metered locations (using ParkMobile) and nearby surface lots including Basil, Donner, South Street and Larkin.

Initial work on rebuilding the Hillman Garage began April 4, and the garage is scheduled to close the parking lot May 2 for the 14-month rebuild.

The City invites local residents and merchants to sign up for e-newsletters on the new website to stay up to date on the latest construction news and for additional parking and travel options.

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