With thousands of people expected to flood into Carbondale this weekend, one burning question remains — where is everybody going to park?
Two Jackson County Mass Transit buses will each make two trips per hour from designated locations. The buses will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday through Monday. The Jackson County Mass Transit buses will be from the Civic Center and the SIU Student Center only.
Shuttles will be available for those wanting to park on the outskirts of town and ride into the main entertainment venues in Carbondale. The parking lots for the shuttle transportation are at Carbondale Community High School, 1301 E. Walnut St., University Mall 1237 E. Main St., and Oakland Cemetery, corner of Oakland Avenue and Ready Mix Road. The city said riders will be able to use the service for $5 if paying cash per vehicle. The price will be $7 if using a credit or debit card. This route will run from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
As for parking in the downtown area, all city-owned public parking will be labeled with a sign and will be open to the public on a first-come, first serve basis, according to the city. Two-hour metered parking will be enforced. The city will also provide premium parking in Lot No. 4, which is just south of Grand Avenue, for $20 per day.
Just as a reminder, the Carbondale City Council in January approved an ordinance giving Carbondale City Manager Gary Williams, or his designee, the authority to declare any public space as permitted parking or no parking during the festival. This means there could be additional parking areas or parking lots closed during the weekend.
At University Farms on the west side of campus, there will be shuttle service to Saluki Stadium for $20 a vehicle. The paved campus lot will only be available for those with a ticket to watch the eclipse at Saluki Stadium. It will cost $35 to park in the main lot.
On-campus grass parking tickets at SIU for Monday are available at eclipse.siu.edua. Those tickets are $20.