The organizers of OpSail 2012 Connecticut and Sailfest have set up several satellite parking lots and shuttle buses to take visitors into New London during the weekend festival.
Visitors will be able to park at the , , , Ocean State Job Lot, and . Visitors may also park at for a $20 fee.
John S. Johnson, chairman of OpSail 2012 CT, said downtown parking permits will still be honored for residents and business owners.
“There’s no question the city’s going to be crowded,” he said.
With the exception of the Connecticut College lot, shuttle buses will take visitors from each site to . The park will be the port for the Class A tall ships Eagle and Cisne Branco, as well as several schooners and Coast Guard cutters.
Buses from the Connecticut College lot will shuttle visitors to City Pier, which is the port for the scallop harvester Regulus and some of the schooners.
The shuttle buses will run from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, but service will be extended if more people are waiting at stops at the conclusion of the fireworks display.
The shuttles will also run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
During the weekend, SEAT will also have buses driving a loop to take visitors to different sites around the city. The loop will be completed every 15 minutes.
SEAT stops will be at City Pier and , Fort Trumbull State Park, the , State Pier, and .