The Downtown Development Authority Board presented a check on behalf of Rome BID (The Rome Business Improvement District) today for $8,000 to The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) to help support the new, free shuttle service in Downtown Rome.

“We are excited to gain the additional financial support from BID to help off-set the cost of this service,” said Lisa Smith, Executive Director of the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau.  “The new shuttle increases accessibility downtown and is a great supplemental service for both residents and visitors.”

Rome BID enables local property and business owners to finance services and improvements beyond those already provided by the City of Rome.  DDA Board Chairman Steven McDowell said, “The addition of the free downtown shuttle is a service that BID is excited to support to enhance the Downtown Rome experience.”

The service operates Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to  9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Hours may be extended for high demand.


The eight passenger club car provides transportation to downtown shopping, restaurants, parking, hotels and The Forum. The route loops from the Cotton block to the 700 block, allowing riders to request stops at crosswalks and intersections along the route as well as jump on the shuttle during stops.

The new shuttle service is also available to lease for special events in Downtown Rome. When the shuttle is not in use for the public service, it is available for private groups and events.

The vehicles utilized for the shuttle were made possible thanks to the City of Rome and Floyd County. The Downtown Development Authority and BID are offering financial program support. The Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau will manage the service.

For more information on the new Georgia’s Rome Free Downtown Shuttle, or leasing information for private events, contact Lisa Smith at the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau at 706.295.5576.

For a map of the shuttle service route, visit