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MGM, PVTA release details on 'The Loop'

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As downtown Springfield is reinvented, the way people will get around is getting revamped as well.

The PVTA and MGM Springfield are launching a new shuttle service connecting city attractions.

It’s called ‘The Loop’ and there are a number of hot spots on the map, including the new MGM Springfield.

"When a visitor comes here, it will make it effortless to get around downtown," said PVTA administrator Sandra Sheehan.

Major players in economic development are rolling out a shuttle to connect tourists and locals to the top spots in the area.

"We are investing in downtown Springfield to make sure people who come to our resort get out and see the many cultural attractions that are in the downtown area.  For free, people can hop on a bus go see the armory, go see the Basketball Hall of Fame, or go back to their hotel," said MGM Springfield general manager Alex Dixon.

‘The Loop’ will be a 60 minute circuit running Wednesday through Sunday between 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Attractions like the Springfield Armory, the Springfield Museums, and the Basketball Hall of Fame are all stops on the route.

It also links people to restaurants and hotels.

"We’re a little removed from the casino, although we are still a downtown hotel and we very much fought for 'The Loop' to stop at our hotel for both our corporate customers and our weekend guests to be able to get to the casino," said Dawn Zimmerman with Hampton Inn and Suites.

Businesses hope it will be a big boost.

"We can’t wait.  We hope it will increase our occupancy," Zimmerman noted.

The electric coach will seat 40 riders and is open to tourists and locals alike.

"There is an emerging hospitality corridor that is happening in downtown and this is just another great representation of the great things that are happening.

The service is set to launch on August 24, the same day as the opening of MGM Springfield.

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