Turns out a lot of people really wanted to go to the Clark County Fair this year, but they really didn’t feel like driving.
C-Tran reported nearly 18,000 people rode its shuttle over the course of the 10-day event, a nearly 15 percent boost from last year.
The transit agency has offered round-trip shuttle rides to the fairgrounds for several years, but began offering free rides in 2015.
Shuttle riders also received discounted fair admission at the gate. The agency even added extra trips for the opening morning, featuring the annual pancake breakfast.
Shuttles ran from six different locations throughout the county and dropped riders off in front of the fair’s east entrance.
“C-Tran values its long-standing partnership with the Clark County Fair,” C-Tran CEO Shawn Donaghy said in a news release. “We are extremely proud to serve our community and offer transportation services to and from the fairgrounds.”
Late last month, retiring Fair President and CEO John Morrison described this year’s fair as the most successful he’d seen in his decade of managing the event.
Early estimates pegged this year’s attendance between 270,000 and 280,000 people.
Carnival and food court sales were also up from the year before.