Elizabeth Way at Canton Street is in the heart of historic downtown Roswell. (Ben Brasch/AJC)
Photo: Ben Brasch/AJC
Photo: Ben Brasch/AJC

Roswell to discuss downtown shuttle to help ease Canton Street parking

Roswell leaders are set Wednesday morning to discuss a new shuttle service to alleviate parking woes and congestion along its entertainment-packed Canton Street.

The Community Development and Transportation Committee will see a presentation with multiple options for a six-person electric shuttle to take downtown workers and guests from City Hall to a parking lot off Canton.

The cost would range from $2,200 to $6,800 a month, depending on the level of service.

Parking has often been a point of annoyance for those visiting the historic downtown.

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Downtown business owners feel their parking troubles will only get worse as Roswell continues to develop around Canton Street, city administrator Gary Palmer wrote in a Jan. 23 memo included in the agenda.

He wrote that the businesses are “realizing a consistent decrease in business during peak hours due to lack of viable parking.”

He added that the businesses were the ones who suggested the shuttle and installing blue-light call boxes along the walking path from Canton Street to City Hall, so employees of downtown businesses would feel safer if they’d rather walk than take the shuttle. No price was listed for those.

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Riders would hail the shuttle using a phone app. The shuttle would be run by 12 Oaks, which handles some valet services downtown.

The committee meeting begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday in room 220 of Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St.

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