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There's a new way to get between OMSI and the Convention Center, and it's free...

DAVID F. ASHTON - The CEIC Water Avenue Courtesy Shuttles driver, Tamara Peterson and CEIC Executive Director Kate Merrill, are ready to welcome riders in the OMSI north parking lot. The Central Eastside – near OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, north of the Ross Island Bridge – has been quickly growing in popularity as a shopping, entertainment, and dining destination. Transportation and parking issues in the area have been growing, too.

To make it easier to get around, the Central Eastside Industrial Counsel (CEIC) has established a free shuttle bus service in the district, according to the organization's Executive Director Kate Merrill.

"The two CEIC Water Avenue Courtesy Shuttle Buses operate weekdays from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., and from 4 until 7 p.m.," Merrill told THE BEE at one of its stops – in the OMSI parking lot.

The ADA-equipped busses run from the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation building's parking lot, north past OMSI – all the way up to the turn-around point at the Oregon Convention Center.

"You can track the busses on a smart phone, giving you the option to use 'BikeTown', or walk, or wait for the shuttle," Merrill explained. Or, check the map at their website – www.ceic.ridesystems.net

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