The Green Bay Packers, City of Green Bay and Green Bay Metro Transit announced details Thursday of free, year-round bus routes, aimed at connecting Lambeau Field and Titletown with Downtown Green Bay.
In recent years, a similar route called "the G-Line" ran during training camp only. Now, the enhanced Route 8 "Green" and Route 9 "Gold" lines will be free for all riders year-round, during all hours that Green Bay Metro operates. Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a convenient connection between Downtown Green Bay and Titletown, free of charge.
The free routes will begin July 25, 2019, and will run each weekday between 5:15 a.m. and 9:45 p.m., as well as Saturdays from 7:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Buses will run every 30 minutes, with stops that serve Lambeau Field at Lombardi Avenue and Titletown on Ridge Road.
"These free bus routes offer fans, visitors to Green Bay and residents with a convenient, affordable transportation option that links Titletown and Lambeau Field with the many attractions downtown," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. "We're pleased to continue partnering with Green Bay Metro and we are looking forward to seeing fans utilize this free option."
Regular Gameday Routes will continue to provide service to Titletown and Lambeau Field for all Packers home games.
"I want to thank Director Kiewiz and President Murphy for making today's exciting announcement a reality. From the very beginning, the City of Green Bay and the Green Bay Packers have been strong partners." said Mayor Eric Genrich at the announcement. "Today we are further strengthening that partnership by better connecting the heart of our city to 1265 Lombardi. In addition, this free, reliable and accessible transit option will provide a welcome link between commercial corridors in Ashwaubenon and on Green Bay's west side."
Since 1973, Green Bay Metro has served riders in the community. Each year, Metro provides 1.3 million rides to the cities of Green Bay, De Pere and the villages of Allouez, Ashwaubenon, and Bellevue. Metro's vehicle fleet consists of 36 fixed route buses and 14 paratransit vehicles.
Green Bay Metro also has a bus tracker app, GBM Bus Tracker, which allows riders to see bus updates, arrivals and departures in real time. Users can download wherever apps are available.