MACON-- The Mercer University Student Government Association has teamed up with the Macon Transit Authority and NewTown Macon to offer free trolley service between the Mercer campus and downtown Macon.
Trolley service will begin Friday, April 2, in conjunction with the Downtown Council's monthly First Friday event, and continue through Wednesday, April 28.
"We decided to begin offering trolley service from Mercer to downtown because we know there are a lot of cultural events and great entertainment venues downtown," said Josh Rogers, president of Mercer Student Government Association. "The trolley service is a great way to make downtown businesses accessible to all students."
Trolleys will run every 15 minutes Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the evenings, they will run every 20 minutes Wednesday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. The free service is open to all students, faculty and staff with a Mercer I.D.
The routes depart the Mercer Connell Student Center via Tattnall Square and College Street to Cotton Avenue, Poplar Street, returning via Cherry Street, Washington Street and Tattnall Square to the Mercer Connell Student Center. In the evenings, two new stops will be added, Monroe and Adams Street.
The month of April will serve as a test run for evaluating whether Mercer, the Macon Transit Authority and NewTown Macon will provide the service next year.