This is only for my own neighbors, but I wanted to be sure to spread the word because this is so incredibly useful.
Yesterday I took advantage of a service that allows you to park at the Johnson County Executive Offices parking lot in Mission and take a bus to the Country Club Plaza for $1. That's right: no parking hassles, no Plaza traffic to deal with directly. It was awesome.
It runs through December 27th, so you can run out there, get your shopping and/or dining fix for the holidays, and not have to worry about the hideous inconvenience that is holiday Plaza traffic.
The stops are at 47th & Pennsylvania and 47th & Central. I bailed out at Pennsylvania and grabbed a quick dinner at California Pizza Kitchen before meeting my sister, niece and nephew for coffee and a stroll later on. I should have gone to the new Blanc Burgers & Bottles location instead. If you weren't aware, it's in the old Pizzeria Uno spot.
I didn't end up catching the bus back because my sister had her car, but I can definitely envision going the bus route for dinner on the Plaza with my husband over the holidays. $4 round trip for two people is way cheaper than valet parking and you don't have to worry about all of the jaywalking pedestrians.
Incidentally, I found out about the shuttle service because I'm now a fan of Mission, Kansas on Facebook. If your town has a Facebook page, I highly recommend following them. You never know what kinds of interesting things might be going on right under your nose.