Ben Franklin Transit offers free shuttles to Water Follies & Art in the Park

Ben Franklin Transit (BFT)

RICHLAND, Wash. — To help community members get out and participate in beloved annual events, Ben Franklin Transit will operate free shuttles to Art in the Park and the Tri-City Water Follies on the final days of July.

According to the Ben Franklin Transit (BFT), a shuttle loop will run to Richland’s Art in the Park event every 15 minutes beginning at 8:30 a.m. on July 29 and 30. It will launch from the Richland High School lot at Thayer St before making stops at the Knight Street Transit Center and John Dam Plaza.

Shuttles will also run for the HAPO Columbia Cup on July 30 and 31. BFT shuttles will be taking people down to the Kennewick side of the Columbia River from the Knight Street Transit Center in Richland or Lampson Stadium in Kennewick. They will depart every hour on the hour from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Spectators on the Pasco side of the river at Wade Park can catch a shuttle from the HAPO Center.

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While the shuttle is free, BFT Senior Marketing and Communications Specialist Mindy Miley says that the group is still gathering funds to help make a difference in the Tri-Cities.

“All shuttles are free but we are asking for donations to help our local communities in schools and SARC,” Miley said. “Any donations big or small, we’d really appreciate it.”

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These shuttles are part of an ongoing partnership with event organizers to make access to these annual events easier for people across the Tri-Cities and beyond.

“We really want to alleviate the traffic congestion and alleviate the parking issues,” Miley said. “This allows more people to comfortably get to these events and so it is a vital part to the community.”

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