SOE to use shuttles during Wine Fest

By Joel Charron

To aleviate parking issues and to curtail drinking and driving, Shores of Erie (SOE) administrators are offering shuttles to the 7th Annual International Wine Festival on Sept. 8-11.

The shuttles will be provided by Sharp Bus Line and will have three different routes: Crownridge, Monopoly Subdivision and Kingsbridge/Pointe West. Each route will have multiple pick-up/drop off points.

“We tried to choose the three most populated areas,” said O’Rourke.

The shuttles will be free of charge, however organizers are asking for a donation. The money raised from the shuttle service will be given to the House of Shalom.

For those worrying that the shuttle ride would be too long, O’Rourke said the ride should be no more than 30 minutes.

“We’re trying to keep the shuttle routes in the 20-30 minute range,” she said. “From the very first pick up to drop off is 20 minutes, but most are within 15 minutes.”

The shuttle will run Thursday through Saturday.

The shuttles will begin pick up on Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Shuttles will run until 11:30 p.m. on all three nights.

Although SOE is offering a shuttle service, O’Rourke mentioned that it shouldn’t act as an invitation for people to get over intoxicated.

“This is not a license to drink to intoxication, that’s not what we’re after,” explained O’Rourke. “We’re saying, come down and if you have a few glasses of wine you’re still going to get home safer than you would if got behind the wheel of a car. It’s just a way to help people get to and from the Fort safely.”

With the shuttle service being a pilot program, O’Rourke said she expects a few hic-ups here and there.

“We’ll see how it runs and what kind of response we get and decide to expand,” said O’Rourke.

With the 7th Annual Shores of Eire International Wine Festival just around the corner, O’Rourke said there are still a very limited amount of weekend passes available.

She also added that the excitement is starting to build for administration and volunteers.

“We are thrilled to be going crazy,” joked O’Rourke.

The 7th Annual Shores of Erie International Wine Festival kicks off Thursday, Sept 8 with Canadian music sensation Sam Roberts.

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