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Culture Cab program offering free return taxis to cultural destinations in Stratford

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A group of Stratford tourism and cultural organizations, led by the Stratford Perth Museum, launched a new Culture Cab program this week. This allows visitors free taxi rides to and from selected cultural destinations around the city.

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Beginning this week, visitors to Stratford will be able to take Stratford taxis to and from the city’s cultural sites free of charge.

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Led by the Stratford Perth Museum in partnership with the Stratford Festival, Stratford Summer Music, Destination Stratford, and four Stratford taxi companies, the new Culture Cab program brings car-less and car-loving people to cultural destinations. is intended to be easily accessible. leave the car at home.

“I always thought transportation was a bit of a problem, at least at the museum,” said John Kastner, the museum’s general manager. It’s always emphasized by the fact that people are watching (to get here), and I always thought there had to be a better way.”

As part of the solution to the problem, Kastner added that he came to him in the middle of the night after learning about a grant program that provides funds to pay for fares for would-be visitors. You can visit the museum on Route 8 just east of the city, the Stratford Festival’s four theaters, or the Festival Warehouse and Archives Building.

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The Ontario Police Association said, “What is important[for the festival]is that someone not only struggles to get to the theater, but they end up in the wrong theater 10 minutes before show time.” Additionally, the addition of the Culture Cab program may help solve this problem with free and expedited rides to appropriate venues.

To book a free ride with Culture Cab (Aunt Gail’s Taxi, City Cab, Radio Cab, over 50 taxis operated by Stratford Taxi), visit culturecab.ca for a list of locations. You can book a free round-trip ride.

After entering a zip code into the website from a mobile device or desktop computer, the customer is asked to select a taxi company and call the corresponding phone number. You have to tell them, and from that point on, the process is the same as using any other taxi, minus the paid portion.

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Combined with the city’s weekend on-demand transport program, Stratford Festival’s direct buses and Go Transit, Kastner said Culture Cab’s efforts will make the city more walkable and accessible to far-flung cultural destinations such as museums. He said that access to both would be improved, providing another option for subsequent transportation. – Hours of operation and weekend events, shows and attractions.

Zach Gribble, Executive Director of Destination Stratford, said in a press release:

Anita Gaffney, Executive Director of the Stratford Festival, described this “ingenious programme” as “a perfect complement to the Stratford Direct Bus Service”.

Funding from the Mystery Grant will allow the museum and its partners to market the Culture Cab program to potential visitors statewide, create promotional materials for each of the Culture Cab destinations, and create colorful Culture Cab designs. We were able to wrap 2 local taxis. The Image Factory Design Studio in Stratford, says Kastner.

Kastner added that the Culture Cab program will run for the next four to six weeks (until the grant runs out).

gsimmons@postmedia.com

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