Free Bus Service "The Loop" To Debut With MGM Springfield Casino

May 25, 2018

Details about the new free downtown shuttle bus service were unveiled to members of the Greater Springfield Visitors and Convention Bureau at a meeting Friday at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site.
Credit WAMC

      Details have been announced about a free shuttle bus that will debut later this year with the opening of the MGM Springfield casino.

       MGM and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority partnered to create the new service called “The Loop.”  

        The 40-passenger electric-power bus will travel a route that begins at Union Station and make scheduled stops at all the downtown hotels, major cultural attractions, entertainment venues, and the casino. 

        Mary Kay Wydra, president of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau said the impact on tourism will be significant.

        "I think it will move people around and help extend stays and by extending stays we extend the economic impact of that visitor in the area," said Wydra.

        MGM is paying the PVTA $200,000 a year to run the shuttle bus service.

        The service, which will operate Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m-10 p.m., is scheudled to start on August 24th, the day the $960 million casino is to have its grand opening.