Free shuttle service to link Doylestown attractions

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Cultural Loop Committee gears up for launch of the free shuttle service. From left, Vince Volpe, Bucks County Transport; Lou White, committee chair; Rachel Maurer, Central Bucks Family YMCA; Heather Cevasco, representing Sen. Chuck McIllhinney; Jim Sanders, County Theater; Jim Caldwell, Bucks County Transport.

Starting Saturday, a free weekend bus service will connect Doylestown Borough’s museums and other cultural sites and make it easier to reach shops and restaurants.

The Cultural Loop will run every 20 minutes, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, through Oct. 28. It will resume in the spring.

 The service will connect the borough’s major attractions: the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Mercer Museum,  the Bucks County Free Library, County Theater, Fonthill Castle and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works.

The bus also will stop at the Courthouse parking garage.

“The Cultural Loop gives visitors a convenient way to see our cultural attractions and everything Doylestown has to offer without having to find a parking spot,” Borough Council President Det Ansinn said in a statement.

Local officials determined the need for a shuttle service when the “Offering of the Angels” exhibit attracted 100,000 visitors to the Michener in the spring and summer.

Bucks County Transport will provide the Cultural Loop for about $225,000, said Lou White, chairman of the organizing committee. State Sen. Chuck McIllhinney raised $200,000, the borough and Doylestown Township each contributed $5,000, and the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance chipped in $1,500, White said..

The Michener and Mercer museums and County Theater also supported the project.