Columbia is excited to welcome the return of the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival to Stephens Lake Park, and COMO Connect will be providing free city bus service Friday Sept 26- Sunday Sept 28 to help customers get around. Of course festival goers will benefit greatly from the free bus routes connecting Stephens Lake Park to downtown parking and area hotels, but customers all over Columbia can get around town for free the entire weekend, including extended evening hours and Sunday service when city buses normally do not run.
COMO Connect bus service schedule:
Friday, Sept 26: 6:25am – 10:00pm
Saturday, Sept 27: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Sunday, Sept 28: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Plus trips after last show each night
Bus service from Hotels:
Hampton Inn & Suites (Stadium)
Bus Service from Downtown:
An additional bus will also be added onto the popular #10 Red Downtown route so that customers parking and traveling from downtown can see more frequent service and buses will be traveling in both directions on the route. The downtown route will be temporarily adjusted on the east end this weekend to reach the park’s west entrance on Old Highway 63.
Late Night Bus Service After Festival
Getting customers home safely after the festival ends each night is also a big priority of the transportation plan, so COMO Connect will be providing additional buses for a late night departure from the park to take customers downtown, to hotels, and along neighborhood routes.
Each night COMO Connect routes traveling to hotels will depart the Riechmann Pavilion at 11:15pm, followed by COMO Connect routes traveling to the remaining neighborhood routes at 11:30pm. All late-night COMO Connect buses will also swing by downtown parking on their way to their routes. The festival will also be providing additional yellow school buses for on-going trips from the park to downtown parking garages throughout the entire festival.
The city’s Multi-Modal Manager, Drew Brooks, says “The city is excited to be part of this year’s Roots N Blues N BBQ festival because it’s important for our community to be able to provide safe transportation for our local customers as well as our numerous out of town guests. The free rides and extended hours over the weekend will be a great opportunity for everyone to easily try public transit and become more familiar with it.”
COMO Connect staff will also be closely monitoring the actual use of public transit by the community on Sunday as seven-day service is a frequent request from customers.
Customers are reminded that there will be no parking available at Stephens Lake Park during the festival.
For more information about the festival, visit www.RootsNBluesNBBQ.com.