KINGMAN - Tourists and residents alike can avoid headaches by taking a free bus ride during the International Route 66 Festival today and Saturday.
The free rides are in celebration of the festival and a special welcome to visitors, said Kingman Area Regional Transit Supervisor Sheri Furr.
"KART is thrilled to be able to participate in the International Route 66 Festival in such a way that is sure to enhance the experience of visitors and residents alike by enabling them to enjoy the many events that will take place in downtown Kingman without the hassle of searching for a place to park," said Furr.
A free shuttle service that will stop at most motels and hotels will run a continuous loop from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and a similar route for residents is also on tap.
In all, Furr said a total of six buses will run - four to handle the regular route service and two for the festival. Older buses can hold 14 seated passengers while newer buses can hold up to 23 seated passengers and others can stand and hold on to the passenger rail.
The shuttles will make a loop between the motels and hotels and downtown. There are no set times.
Furr said if buses are filled to capacity the driver will drop off those passengers and pick up where he or she left off.
Be aware of road closures
Road closures will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday during the International Route 66 Festival, according to Kingman Police spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki.
Andy Devine Avenue - which is Route 66 for out-of-towners - will be closed downtown between First and Fourth streets.
Fourth Street will remain open to allow access over the railroad tracks.
Beale Street will handle through traffic, according to Sochocki.
Parking is expected to be at a premium. Handicapped motorists are advised parking is available on Second and Third streets between Beale Street and Route 66.