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Trolley Routes Growing in Downtown Branson

BRANSON, Mo. - With the tourist season right around the corner, businesses in downtown Branson are ready for thousands of visitors. Making sure they can get around town is the key to having a successful year, when visitors come to the area. Organizations are doing what they can to find a ways to make seeing the area easier.
BRANSON, Mo. - With the tourist season right around the corner, businesses in downtown Branson are ready for thousands of visitors.

Making sure they can get around town is the key to having a successful year, when visitors come to the area. Organizations are doing what they can to find a ways to make seeing the area easier.

More public transportation could be coming to the downtown area next year.

Pat Doyle owns the Flagstore in downtown Branson and says anytime more customers can come to town, its a good thing.

"Its just another amenity for the guest that come downtown, people that want to get around," says Doyle.

After more than 50,000 people rode the free trolley last year, the Community Improvement District has doubled the area to reach more customers.

"We were able to double the size of the district so that we can transport more people and serve more businesses."

Garrett Anderson is the Economic Development Director for the city of Branson and says its funded by the businesses.

"Its funded by the Community Improvement District and its a one percent sales tax over a lot of the downtown," explains Anderson.

He says CID is hoping to expand its fleet and their routes.

On Tuesday, the city will unveil the new proposed stops.

"The new change will allow us to go down to the campground, the RV park down by the Taneycomo bridge."

"The strategic location of where we put these stops and what we chose to bring in, and again coming back to money, bring the best impact."

"The other bigger hotel is Best Western, we'll be able to pick up there."

Cris Bohinc is the Administrator for CID and says its a way to move people throughout out town, which is a win for all businesses.

"We just keep people moving so they can see our entire downtown and hopefully that will be an incentive to stay longer as well," says Bohinc.

Pat Doyle says he's all for more customers coming inside his unique store.

"It can only help, we are really looking forward to it."

The Downtown Branson Betterment Association will host its annual meeting to answer any questions on March 4. That meeting will begin at 4:30 at Council Chambers in City Hall in Branson.
 
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