EUGENE, Ore. — LTD reported about a 30 percent increase in shuttle usage during this year’s U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials compared to the 2008 trials.
The shuttles ran from two places this year. There was one at South Eugene High School, and the other was located at Autzen Stadium. Shuttle organizers said that with such a central location, Autzen was by far the busiest site.
With thousands of people flooding the area for the trials, traffic can be a nightmare, especially right by Hayward Field.
To curtail the stress of navigating through blocked streets and trying to find parking, LTD teamed up with Starline Luxury Coaches to bring folks to and from the trials.
About 13 buses travel back and forth throughout each day.
The convenience and ease created several repeat riders.
“I really wouldn’t know if the weather has played in that or if it’s just more awareness, and people had a good experience last time or the efforts of TrackTown 12 to promote alternative transportation. It’s probably a combination of all three,” said LTD Planning Manager Will Mueller.
LTD said they’re shuttling about 5,000 people each day of the trials.
The shuttle system is a big part of the event’s sustainability efforts.
LTD said they were happy to see such a large increase in shuttle use. If the trials are held in Eugene again in 2016, they may consider a third location at a place like the Lane County Fairgrounds.