Patricia Zeiler’s Passion for the Sun Trolley Earns Her an Award Nomination and Recognition from the U.S. Department of Transportation

When commuters look at the Sun Trolley, they see safe, alternative transportation to single occupant vehicles. When Patricia Zeiler looks at it, she sees something that “makes a good city great.”

“Transportation excites me because it brings people together from many, many different communities. They meet in transit. They exchange ideas. It’s the happening place,” said Zeiler, Executive Director of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association, the non-profit organization that manages the Sun Trolley.

Zeiler’s passion for the Sun Trolley has made her as a finalist for Nonprofit Leader of the Year in 211 Broward’s Annual Non-Profit Academy Awards.

“On our NW Community Link Route alone, we provide free transportation for approximately 10,000 people a month who need basic services. That’s our mission – to provide accessible and reliable transportation to support the community,” said Zeiler.

On Friday, February 28 at 11 a.m. the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood will host Zeiler and her fellow Academy Award nominees as they strut down the red carpet amid search lights and golden statuettes, before finding out who will take home the top honor.

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Zeiler is also one of many women leaders in transportation being celebrated by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a new video series on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s YouTube channel.

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“By showcasing the exciting career opportunities available, and the tremendous possibilities for success, we hope more women and girls will consider choosing careers in transportation,” wrote LaHood on his blog, Fast Lane.

To learn more about the Department of Transportation’s Women in Transportation Series, visit www.dot.gov/osdbu/women-and-girls.

Sun Trolley’s Tracker APP Tops 10,000 Downloads

Sun Trolley’s ever-popular tracker app received its 10,000th download in August 2013. Launched in 2012, with the help of the Leadership Broward Class 30 Project team (Shea Smith, Peter Neirouz, Brandon Hensler, John Brown, Jana Lhota, April Kirk, Carlos Cervantes) this innovative tracker app is truly exceeding expectations.

“We are so thrilled that so many Sun Trolley passengers, residents and tourists alike, are utilizing the App to track the trolleys in real time,” states Patricia Zeiler, Executive Director.  “In response to the Tracker App’s success, we are planning to expand the app’s reach even further by integrating with Go Riverwalk’s event calendar and developing a desktop app that can be utilized by hotel concierges in Fort Lauderdale.”

Sun Trolley’s Tracker App, designed by Chris Caputo of Wilton Manors-based MetroMedia Works, literally “tracks” the location of all the Sun Trolleys across all seven routes in real time. GPS location services in the user’s smartphone allows the app to direct the passenger to the nearest Sun Trolley route where he or she can wave down one of the trolleys.

“I believe this app is so popular because its simple, easy to use interface offers the exact information the user is looking for,” states developer Chris Caputo. “In addition to the number of downloads, the app has been seeing high monthly usage rates, approximately 3,000 times per month because those who use the app use it frequently.”

Recently awarded the 2012 Travel Choices Innovative Program Award, the Sun Trolley Tracker app is available for download on your Android or Apple I-Phone. To download the mobile app, printable route maps or to learn more visit http://www.suntrolley.com or call (954) 761-3543. Like what Sun Trolley is doing? Show it at facebook.com/sun-trolley.

Sun Trolley Provides Convenient Mobility for Ft. Lauderdale Tourists

March marks the 39th consecutive month of increased tourism in Fort Lauderdale. And just how are the eager tourists finding their way to downtown Ft. Lauderdale you ask?  Simple, Ft. Lauderdale’s Wave n’ Ride Sun Trolley system.

Serving as the transportation component for the Ft. Lauderdale excursion package, which began mid-January, the Sun Trolley has seen a huge increase in airport passenger ridership over the past two months topping 200 passengers daily.

 “We really recognized an opportunity to provide a free shuttle service for tourists who have lay overs at Ft. Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport,” states Sun Trolley’s Executive Director Patricia Zeiler. “We developed an excursion plan that partnered with Bags to Go so that tourists could essentially leave their bags safely at the airport and go off and explore Ft. Lauderdale’s for a couple of hours instead of hanging around the airport.”

The Sun Trolley runs to and from the airport regularly Saturday and Sunday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. “Our airport trolley’s pick passengers up and drop them off at the Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society on SW 2nd Street leaving them in walking distance to Las Olas Boulevard, Las Olas Riverfront, Himarshee Street and the Riverwalk,” states Zeiler. 

The airport shuttle route is just one of Sun Trolley’s seven routes. Passengers simply flag the driver anywhere along the route to board. Once aboard, the fare is 50¢ for one trip or $2 for all day, hop-on-hop off service. The Sun Trolley Tracker, a new mobile app for Android and iPhone users, provides real time location of all trolleys.

To download printable route maps, the mobile app or to learn more visit www.suntrolley.com or call (954) 761-3543. Like what SunTrolley is doing? Show it at facebook.com/sun-trolley.

“Great introduction to the city!”

Check out our latest Trip Advisor Review!

Reviewed March 3, 2013 (NEW) –  Between our cruise vacation and our flight home we had about 8 hours in Fort Lauderdale and lots of luggage. On the recommendation of the Info desk at the airport, we stored our luggage (at $6 a bag) and boarded the FREE Sun Trolley into downtown Fort Lauderdale. We got off a the Historic Museum area and learned about the city. TAirport Trolley 1hen we walked through town, visiting the charity Dog Walk and the annual Art Festival. We had a great lunch at Rocco’s Tacos and then walked back to the museum where we picked up the trolley back to the airport. We would not have spent time and learned about Fort Lauderdale if it weren’t for this wonderful attraction. Wonderful way to spend the day!