The purpose of this study was to determine the opportunities of using the Tyler Transit’s existing resources to mitigate the impact of recent construction activities facilitating the loss of on-street and surface parking lot facilities. The study evaluated the feasibility of developing park and ride shuttle bus services that would transport riders from a City owned downtown parking lot located at Bonner near City Hall, to the Courthouse Square area located within the downtown’s core.
The shuttle service was implemented during the construction of the Fair Plaza Parking Garage and reconstruction of the People’s Petroleum Building, the Smith County Jail and the City Council Chambers at City Hall. Over a thousand people used the shuttle during the five months when all of these projects were under construction. Service was discontinued after the completion of the Fair Plaza Parking Garage which currently supplies the needs of the downtown patrons.