Bracing for traffic, congestion in Gettysburg

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jun 25, 2013 3:40 AM

(Gettysburg) -- From portable restrooms to overflow parking, Gettysburg is finalizing its preparations for the 150th anniversary of the historic Civil War battle.

Gettysburg is a borough of about 7,600 people, but by the end of the week it will be playing host to many times more visitors than residents. One of the logistical problems associated with an event so large is how to get from place to place as efficiently as possible.

Rabbit Transit, a regional public transportation service, has been adding buses and training staff in advance of the commemoration. Executive Director Richard Farr says Park and Ride locations have been created to get as many cars off-the-road as possible.

"I think that's the number one thing, is really communicating to everyone -- it's best for you, it's best for the community, a better experience will be [had] if you park and ride the shuttle," Farr explains.

A smart phone app is also available that allows Gettysburg visitors to track the transit in real time.

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 1863 and is considered by many historians to be the turning point of the Civil War. Ten days of official Gettysburg 150th anniversary events will run Friday through Sunday, July 7th.

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