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Best way to get to Musikfest in Bethlehem

Best way to get to Musikfest in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - It's that time of year again. Musikfest will kick off its 10-day run in Bethlehem on Friday. 69 News has some tips to avoid a traffic nightmare getting there.

"There's lots of easy ways to get to Musikfest," said Walter Keiper, senior vice president of ArtsQuest, the nonprofit that puts on the festival.

The easiest way to get there are the shuttle buses. Four dollars gets you from Martin Tower on the city's north side, or Route 412 on the south side.  It also gives you free trips between the north and south sides of Musikfest for free.

"You've got free unlimited rides on the north-south shuttle," said Keiper.

With the ongoing traffic on Route 412 coming in from Interstate 78, Musikfest organizers are recommending people stick to Martin Tower this year.

"We also are working with PennDOT closely and we use the -- we work in cooperation with them on updating their PennDOT message boards throughout the Lehigh Valley," said Keiper.

If you want to stay out later or just be closer to the action, there are two public parking decks on Bethlehem's north side and three on the southside.  The cost is $10 a day.

Another, lesser-used option is LANTA public transit.

"There are different places where you can take LANTA routes and get to the Musikfest events, especially the daytime events," said Owen O'Neil, LANTA's planning director.

Many people park at Westgate Mall or along the Route 33 park-and-ride near Easton and take the bus in, according to O'Neil.

"Our buses run basically every hour -- going in and going out," he said.  "The last bus out of Bethlehem is at 10:50 at night."

The best way into Musikfest though isn't actually on four wheels, but two. There are bicycle racks on both sides of Musikfest that are monitored all day for free.

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