Cultural Loop Encourages More Time Spent Downtown

Posted: January 13, 2015 12:24 pm


A new, free, park-and-ride trolley service launched on Saturday, December 13th. A downtown “Cultural Loop” provides new options for audiences of many downtown arts and cultural venues. A partnership between EMTA, the Erie Downtown Partnership and Erie Arts & Culture, the Cultural Loop provides Saturday evening services from 5 – 11pm as a pilot program to encourage residents and visitors to spend more time downtown in our cultural district. “As programming expands, we need to provide a variety of parking and transportation options to make it easier for our audiences to access venues” states Amanda Brown Sissem, Executive Director of Erie Arts & Culture. “Park-and-ride services have been a successful tool in encouraging participation at summer activities along the Bayfront. Our season ticket holders and subscribers have voiced a similar need for park-and-ride services throughout the year to our major venues,” states Sissem. Service has begun with Saturday evenings with the opportunity for expansion as interest grows.

Free parking for the Cultural Loop is located at the Intermodal Transportation Center with indoor waiting in the Rotunda. The route travels South on French Street to 14th Street, West on 14th to State, North to 11th Street, West on 11th to Peach, North on Peach to 10th Street, East on 10th to State, North on State to Perry Square, around the Square and North on State, returning the Intermodal Transportation Center via the Bayfront Parkway.

“Erie Events is excited and proud to partner with Erie Arts &Culture to include the beautiful, historic Warner Theatre in the Cultural Loop,” said Elizabeth D’Aurora, Coordinator of Communications and Client Relations for Erie Events. “The Warner Theatre is home to the Erie Philharmonic, Lake Erie Ballet and the Erie BROADWAY Series, all of which go hand-in-hand with the Erie Arts & Culture initiative.”  Main stops along the Cultural Loop include the Intermodal Transportation Center, the Warner Theatre (French Street side with access to the Erie Insurance Arena and main entrance on State Street) and the Erie Playhouse. Optional stops dot the entire route encouraging passengers to visit additional arts and cultural venues, galleries and downtown restaurants. The service runs approximately every 30 minutes between 5-11PM.

“This new service will be a great addition to our downtown” commented John Buchna, Chief Executive Office of the Erie Downtown Partnership. “We’ll be able to provide safe, timely transportation to those who support arts and cultural programs by linking them to venues and other establishments. Arts and cultural programs are key to our downtown. This new service is a way for patrons to enjoy creativity and support their downtown as a whole. It’s a great new program and we’re thankful to Erie Arts & Culture and the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority for making this trolley service a reality”.

To access the Cultural Loop schedule and map visit or check routes and fares at the EMTA website,  For more information about the e Cultural Loop contact Amanda Sissem, Executive Director of Erie Arts & Culture, at 452-3427.

You can also find the Cultural Loop schedule and map on the GETTING AROUND page of the Erie Downtown Partnership’s website.