Tybee Island city council approves shuttle service for residents and visitors
On Thursday, Tybee Island city council approved a memorandum of understanding with the Coastal Regional Commission. The MOU will create a a shuttle service to and from the island.
“This has been done in the past and grant funding dried up. We are very pleased the Coastal Regional Commission has come up with a funding stream to make it happen," said Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman.
The shuttle service will begin a six month trial period beginning March 4, 2019 and will run six days a week Monday through Saturday.
There will be two different runs per day beginning at 8 a.m. and returning at 1:30 p.m. The second run will leave at 1 p.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 one way. The daily run will begin at the information center downtown and run to the Tybee lighthouse and pier.
There are some holiday exclusions which include the following:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King's birthday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Dayy
- Veteran's Day
- Thanksgiving Day and the day after
- Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Bobbie Jo Harrison, a hotel concierge with Old Savannah tours, thinks the shuttle is a great idea.
“I think for some guests, it’s really going to be a huge benefit because to get out to Tybee and back, if they don’t already have a car, is at least $50," she said.
President of Visit Savannah, Joe Marinelli, said with Tybee Island and Savannah packing a one-two punch in attracting new and returning visitors, the shuttle will be a tremendous selling point.
“Tybee Island is a big part on how we sell Savannah. We are a destination, two destinations in one. I really think it will be a selling point for us," he said.
The contract can be extended if both the City of Tybee and the Coastal Regional Commission agree after the trial period.