This year, True/False is screening films at a total of ten downtown venues. To enjoy all of what this spectacular festival has to offer, MOVE is here to help you make sure you’ve got a ride and to ensure you’ll make it on time to all the film screenings.
Like years before, True/False has partnered with COMO Connect in order to provide all you film festivalgoers with a free and easy ride on Columbia’s own city buses. The entire city-wide system will be offering free rides during it’s normal hours of 6:25 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
COMO Connect will also be providing an additional downtown route that will run extended late night hours of 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday. To take advantage of this opportunity, all you need to do is show up.
Seriously, show up at the bus stop and hop on for a free ride — no special passes or ID’s required. Just make sure to download the COMO Connect app to track all of the buses in real(ish…) time so you can get on the right one at the right time.
This rare opportunity also means that you can even get a free ride without going to the film festival (though there’s no reason you shouldn’t attend). You won’t be excluded from this chance, so in case you are obligated to other responsibilities or previously made plans, at least you can get a free commute.
If you have a car and would prefer to carpool to the festival, there are many parking garages that are within a short walking distance from the venues. Parking in downtown city garages will be free after 6 p.m. on the weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.
There are a total of six available parking garages available for long-term parking. All are listed on the Discover the District website under the “public parking” link.
The only parking garage that is different is the one on Tenth & Cherry. That parking garage is restricted to permit-only parking on the second and third levels.
Parking garages may fill up. If they do, parking meters are aplenty in downtown CoMo, but just don’t forget that most of them have a two-hour limit. (You wouldn’t want to have to get up during a film to move your car, would you?) They’ll be enforced 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Also, according to Discover the District, the city of Columbia is starting to replace old coin-operated parking meters with ones that allow you to pay with a credit or debit card. Instead of digging under your car seat for quarters, you could pay with your cell phone if you find one of these meters. (If you’re all out of coins and you’re looking for one of these parking meters, check out Ninth Street, where they’ve started to make the upgrade).
Alternatively, another option is to hail a taxi. Taxi services are bountiful in a college town such as this one. There will be many taxi stands set up throughout downtown CoMo. You could also choose a taxi company such as Taxi Terry’s or American Taxi, both of which are recommended by True/False and are only a phone call away.
Whatever you do, drive safely (and responsibly), and enjoy the fest.