Sun Trolley Executive Board of Directors to Celebrate 25th Anniversary on May 8, 2017

Fort Lauderdale, FL (April 21, 2017) – The Sun Trolley is riding its way into a quarter century of service! The Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (DFLTMA), that operates the Sun Trolley and Riverwalk Water Trolley, is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Monday, May 8, 2017, and it promises to be a special day full of incredible deals and plenty of fun.

 

To ring in its 25th year, the Sun Trolley is offering a shiny new fleet (complete with a new trolley smell) as well as the relaunched, easy-to-use website and free Sun Trolley Tracker App, which lets customers track each trolley in real-time. The new and highly successful 24/7 customer service hotline, 954-TROLLEY, is available for those who have any transportation-related questions. Trolleys are also available for charter services.

 

“Our goal is to continuously improve our customer service and ensure that each guest has an unparalleled experience on our quaint red and yellow trolleys,” said Robyn Chiarelli, Executive Director of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale TMA. “We at the TMA feel confident that our customers will enjoy our new and improved offerings before, after and during their one-of-a-kind trolley experience.”

 

In honor of the anniversary, on May 8 each trolley will be handing out sweet treats. Starting Monday, May 1 and for 25 days thereafter, one reason to ride the Sun Trolley will be posted daily on Facebook and twenty-five loyal riders will also be highlighted on the Sun Trolley’s website.

 

“We encourage all of our customers to join in on the fun on May 8 and give us feedback through Trip Advisor,” said Chiarelli. “We want to use this to continue improving and providing our services into the next 25 years.”

 

Founded in 1992, the Sun Trolley now provides community bus transportation to nearly 40,000 customers per month via seven routes, the Downtown Link, Galt Link, NW Community Link, Las Olas Link, Beach Link, Neighborhood Link and Airport Link. In October 2015 the DFLTMA partnered with the City of Fort Lauderdale and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale to launch the free Riverwalk Water Trolley that transports an average of 10,000 customers per month across the New River.

 

To learn more, visit http://www.suntrolley.com/ or call 954-TROLLEY. To track the trolleys in real time, download the free Sun Trolley Tracker App on your Apple or Android device. Like what Sun Trolley is doing? Show it at facebook.com/sun-trolley.

Tortuga Music Festival Traffic Advisory

The Tortuga Music Festival will be held at the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park at 1100 Seabreeze Blvd from Friday, Apirl 7, 2017 to Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is schedules from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Organizers anticipate a daily crowd attendance upwards of 30,000 for the event. The event features top country and rock artists, marine conservation exhibits and culinary delights. A portion of the beach is designated for the music festival and will be reserved for ticket holders.

Motorists are advised that a high volume of traffic and delays may be expected on all barrier island roadways, especially A1A and Seabreeze Blvd. Delays may also be expected on SE 17th Street Causeway and Las Olas Blvd.

For more information about the Tortuga Music Festival and the Traffic Advisory, CLICK HERE.

 

 

Brightline Construction Alert: New River Bridge Outages

All Aboard Florida is making a significant investment and rehabilitating the New River bridge in the City of Fort Lauderdale prior to the introduction of the Brightline passenger rail service.

Additional closure periods are required to complete the rehabilitation. All Aboard Florida worked with the Marine Industries Association of South Florida to schedule the work.

The U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved the deviation to the existing operating schedule.

  • Monday, April 3, 2017 through Sunday, April 16, 2017, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Bridge will be operated by crane and in accordance with its normal schedule
    • Regular Water Trolley operations will continue to all eight stops
    • Water Trolley guests are expected to experience delays
  • Monday, April 3, 2017 through Sunday, April 16, 2017, 10 p.m. – 8 a.m.
    • Bridge will be in the down position but will be open to marine traffic on-demand
    • Regular Water Trolley operations will continue to all eight stops
    • Water Trolley guests are expected to experience delays

Click here to learn more.

 

 

Find Road Closures in the City with LauderStreet and Know Before You Go!

If you want to get to a destination and avoid running into a road block or getting stuck in a traffic jam, visit LauderStreet and check your route before you head out.

LauderStreet is a road closure resource that features information about current and upcoming road and sidewalk closures in the City resulting from roadway improvements, construction projects, new developments, special events, and more. LauderStreet even links to Google’s Traffic layer to show how a closure is impacting existing traffic conditions.

If you want to learn more about LauderStreet, click here.

 

 

Sun Trolley Board Chair Alan Hooper Nominated For Non-Profit Board Leader of The Year

Alan Hooper, Chair of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (TMA) Board of Directors, has been selected as one of three finalists for Non-Profit Board Leader of the Year in the 7th Annual Community Care Plan Non-Profit Awards presented by 2-1-1 Broward.

The winner will be announced Friday, February 24, 2017 at an awards ceremony and luncheon at Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. Winners will receive a $1,000 grant to their organization, and up to two finalists will each receive a $500 grant. Finalists will also receive awareness and publicity for the mission of their organization through media materials, social media coverage, event press and newsletters.

“We are extremely proud of Alan for making it so far in the award selection process,” said Robyn Chiarelli, Executive Director of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale TMA. “We at the TMA feel that Alan embodies the qualities of a strong, accomplished and outstanding community leader.”

Since Hooper joined the Sun Trolley Board of Directors 12 years ago, the Sun Trolley fleet and service has grown substantially to 20 vehicles and eight routes. As part of fostering the growth of the system, Hooper helped launch the Riverwalk Water Trolley, the first on-demand boat shuttle service in Broward County. Also, Hooper’s leadership incited a new private charter service, launched last year, which is projected to provide a steady source of income for the TMA for years to come.

“Alan is a smart and strategic thinker with a deep-rooted connection to and passion for greater Fort Lauderdale,” said Chiarelli. “He figuratively and literally invests in his community.”

This is apparent through his 1991 founding of Hooper Construction, which has overseen 1.2 million square feet of redevelopment. He is also co-founder of The Restaurant People, a dining, entertainment and hospitality firm that owns and operates several venues and restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, including YOLO, Vibe Las Olas and Tarpon Bend Food & Tackle. In 2014, Hooper won the Sun Sentinel’s Excalibur Award for Small Business Leader of the Year in Broward County.

Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Downtown Fort Lauderdale TMA administers community transportation services via the Sun Trolley’s seven routes and the free Riverwalk Water Trolley. To track the trolleys in real-time, download the free Sun Trolley Tracker App. To learn more visit http://www.suntrolley.com/ or call 954-TROLLEY. Like what Sun Trolley is doing? Show it at facebook.com/sun-trolley.

Spring Community Events Affecting Sun Trolley Links

Name of Event: Fort Lauderdale 5K
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Route that will be affected?  Las Olas
What streets does this event affect specifically? Las Olas SE 3rd – SE 5th closed. Partial closing from SE 3rd to Sunset Dr.

 

Name of Event: Walk for the Animals
Date:  Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 5:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Las Olas, Andrews to SE 1st Ave), temporary closing other streets
Route that will be affected? Las Olas and Airport
What streets does this event affect specifically? SW 4th  Ave south from SW 2nd St to Riverwalk, SW 2nd St from SW 4th Ave to SE 1st Ave, and Las Olas from Andrews to SE 1st Ave

 

Name of Event: Riverwalk Run 2017
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 4:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Route that will be affected?  Las Olas
What streets does this event affect specifically? Las Olas from Andrews to SE 3rd Ave

 

Name of Event: Ft Lauderdale Taco and Craft Beer Battle
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Route that will be affected?  Las Olas
What streets does this event affect specifically? SW 2nd St from SW 4th Ave – SW 5th Ave

Bridge Maintenance: SW 4th/7th Ave Bridge & Andrews Ave Bridge

Broward County Highway and Bridge Maintenance Division is performing bridge maintenance on the SW 4th/7th Avenue Bridge and Andrews Avenue Bridge to coincide with FEC’s temporary closure of the adjacent rail bridge over the New River from Saturday, February 11, 2017 to Thursday, February 23, 2017. By completing this maintenance during FEC’s rail bridge closure, future impacts to New River boat traffic will be eliminated.

During the course of the scheduled bridge repairs the Downtown Link trolleys will be following designated detours.

Scope of SW 4th/7th Avenue Bridge Maintenance
· Night Work (Feb 15-16, 2017, 9 pm – 6 am)
· Replace critical components which reduce noise and movement due to vehicles.
· Work requires bridge to be partially open.
· Road will be closed 9 pm-6 am.
· Vessels requiring full opening will not be able to pass.
· First responders to be notified.
· Off-duty enforcement will secure approaches to the bridge.

Scope of Andrews Avenue Bridge Maintenance
· Day and Night Work (Feb 11-23, 2017, Times Vary)
· Replacing temporary power and communications conduit with new 24″ conduit. Barge will block river and normal boat traffic during excavation and placement. Closed to boat traffic (Feb 11-23, 10 pm-9 am).
· Replace pedestrian gate equipment (Feb 13-15 and 20-21, 9 am – 4 pm). One of two northbound lanes closed. Flagger in place to control pedestrians.
· Perform critical repair of vehicle resistance barrier and deck welding. Road closed (Feb 22-23, 9 pm -6 am). Closed to boat traffic during welding. Traffic detoured to SE 3rd Avenue. First responders to be notified.
· Temporary closure of South New River Drive (one-way east) on February 10, 16, and 23, 2017 for mobilization, lifting operation, and demobilization respectively.

Downtown Road and Waterway Closures
Beginning Saturday, February 11, 2017 to Tuesday, February 21, 2017, from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. each day:
(1) The New River will be closed to normal boat traffic under the Andrews Avenue Bridge to coincide with FEC Railway’s closure of the adjacent rail bridge over the New River.

Beginning Monday, February 13, 2017 to Wednesday, February 15, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day:
(1) One of two northbound lanes on Andrews Avenue Bridge, over the New River, may be closed at times.
(2) Pedestrians may be delayed from crossing the Andrews Avenue Bridge, over the New River, for short periods of time.

Beginning Wednesday, February 15, 2017 to Friday, February 17, 2017, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day:
(1) SW 4th/7th Avenue at the New River will be closed from SW 5th Street to Las Olas Boulevard.

Beginning Monday, February 20, 2017 to Tuesday, February 2t, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day:
(1) One of two northbound lanes on Andrews Avenue Bridge, over the New River, may be closed at times.

Beginning Wednesday, February 22, 2017 to Friday, February 23, 2017, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day:
(1) Andrews Avenue at the New River will be closed from SE 5th Street to Las Olas Boulevard.

On February 10th, 16th, and 23, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day:
(1) South New River Drive (one-way eastbound) will be closed.