In late October of 1984, limited free-fare rail service began along the surface portion of Main Street.  The complimentary service was intended to get travelers familiar with Metro rail and especially in time for the upcoming holiday shopping season along Main Street. This was also helpful in showcasing an easy method of travel for "Black-Friday" and future Christmas shopping.  It was also a great scenic trip for riders as many of the store windows along Main Street were heavily decorated for the upcoming holidays.