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Covington considers allowing low-speed shuttles to ease Mainstrasse parking issues

Posted at 7:39 AM, Aug 19, 2018

COVINGTON, Ky. -- In an effort to address parking problems in Mainstrasse, two businesses have proposed Covington allow low-speed vehicles that could shuttle customers from cars to shops and restaurants.

"It's hard for people to get down here," said Matt Stidham, the manager at Mac's Pizza Pub. "It's hard to find places to park. It's been a struggle. They decide to go elsewhere."

The new proposal would allow for a service like GEST, which uses golf carts to shuttle people between The Banks and Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati for free. The ordinance would allow shuttles to operate from the Licking River to Mainstrasse and MLK Jr. Boulevard to the Ohio River.

Local business owners are already excited about the idea.

"It'll help businesses out," Stidham said. "It'll be fun to be down here, more accessible. It's new and exciting we haven't seen in this area."

Covington City Manager David Johnston said officials are listening. 

"We learned long ago, when someone brings a good idea to Covington, we'll look at it," he said.

The city council is expected to have its second reading of the ordinance and vote on it on Aug. 28.