Happy Memorial Day from the Sun Trolley

happy_memorial_dayThe Sun Trolley would like to wish all our passengers a safe and happy Memorial Day as you celebrate those who gave their lives to protect our freedoms. Please note that in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday, the Sun Trolley will only be operating the Las Olas Link and Beach Link routes.

Enjoy the following poem “Freedom Is Not Free” by Kelly Strong as you prepare to celebrate the Memorial Day.

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He’d stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers’ tears?
How many pilots’ planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves?
No, freedom isn’t free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant “Amen,”
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn’t free.

Portion of State Road A1A to Close on May 23 for Great American Beach Party

Attention Sun Trolley riders: Please be aware of the following traffic advisory from the City of Fort Lauderdale that will be in effect for the Great American Beach Party.

  • A1A will be closed from Las Olas Boulevard north to Castillo Street from 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 23 to 1 a.m. on Sunday, May 24.
  • Northbound traffic on A1A will be detoured west onto Las Olas Boulevard, north on Birch Road, east on Bayshore Drive, and back north onto A1A.
  • Alhambra Street, Seville Street, and Granada Street will be open to local traffic only.
  • Heavy traffic and delays are expected from S.E. 17th Street north to Bayshore Drive. Motorists should avoid the area and seek alternate travel routes where possible.

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For more information on the Great American Beach Party, click here.

Attend the Great American Beach Party via the Sun Trolley

The Sun Trolley has been designated a stress-free transportation option for the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Annual Great American Beach Party being held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 12.35.07 PMThe transportation options include:

  • The Sun Trolley’s Beach Link Route from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • The Sun Trolley’s Las Olas Link Route from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • The extended Las Olas Link Route from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • The dedicated Great American Beach Party loop, which will travel directly from the City’s parking garage (150 SE 2 Street, Fort Lauderdale) to the Las Olas Marina from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Great American Beach Party on Fort Lauderdale Beach, is a free, fun, family-friendly event that will feature live bands, a kids zone, sand castle contest, art show, classic car show, life-size beach games and much more!

Click HERE for more information on the Great American Beach Party.

Sun Trolley Detours on 5/2: Annual Color Run

Hey Sun Trolley Passengers – our trolleys on the Las Olas Link Routes will follow the advised detours in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Color Run on the morning of Saturday May 2nd – full details about road closures are below (provided by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department):

Color RunThe 3rd Annual Color Run returns to the streets of Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, May 2nd. Motorists are encouraged to carefully review the listed road closures and should expect traffic delays from 6:00 A.M. until approximately 11:00 A.M.

The race is tentatively scheduled to begin at 7:30 A.M. Race organizers are expecting approximately 6,000 runners and walkers to participate in this year’s event.

Street Closures and Detours: (http://thecolorrun.com/ft-lauderdale/)

 Saturday, May 2nd 

 3:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.: East Las Olas Boulevard will be closed from Andrews Avenue to Southeast 3rd Avenue. Las Olas River House traffic will be allowed intermittent access when needed.

 6:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.: 

 Southeast 1st Avenue will be closed from Southeast 2nd Street to Huizenga Plaza.

 Eastbound traffic on Broward Boulevard will be merged into a single lane beginning at the intersection of Southwest 3rd Avenue.

 Southbound traffic on Federal Highway, at the intersection of Broward Boulevard, will be detoured west onto Broward Boulevard and then south onto Northwest 7th Avenue.

 Eastbound and westbound traffic on Davie Boulevard, between South Federal Highway and Southeast 3rd Avenue, will be merged into single lanes.

 Northbound and southbound traffic on Southeast 3rd Avenue, between Davie Boulevard and Southeast 6th Street, will also be merged into single lanes.

11:00 A.M.: Projected time that all listed detours and closures will be re-opened and returned to normal operations.

Event organizers have placed electronic message boards throughout the route to inform motorists of the above closures.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department invites the public to follow them on Twitter (@FLPD411) to stay up to date on this and other current events, crime trends, notable advisories, etc.