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      Free shuttle service continues for this year's Cherry Festival

      Specially marked buses will provide hourly service to downtown Traverse City from three park-and-ride locations.

      Festival-goers will be able to enjoy free rides on Bay Area Transportation Authority buses for the second year during the National Cherry Festival.

      Specially marked buses will provide hourly service to downtown Traverse City from three park-and-ride locations. The locations include Northwestern Michigan College's Elm Lot, the Grand Traverse County Civic Center and Thirlby Field.

      The free shuttle service was introduced during last year's festival as a way to eliminate congestion and parking problems downtown. BATA officials say the turnout was "amazing" with nearly 5,000 riders taking part.

      "It certainly caught on quickly," said Carrie Thompson, BATA Business Development Director. "We're anticipating that 2013 will bring more of the same."

      In addition to the two shuttles going downtown, BATA will also provide service to the festival's "Cherry Connection" horticulture station on M-72.

      The National Cherry Festival kicks off on Saturday, June 29 and runs through July 6.

      For more information about the shuttle service and a map of bus routes, click here.