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.

 

 

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

Sun Trolley Provides Free Transportation For Fort Lauderdale’s Artwalks and Food in Motion Street Festival

Fort Lauderdale, FL (January 25, 2017) – Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s cultural scene is exploding and the Sun Trolley is proud to help you get there! On the last Saturday of every month (with the exception of December), thousands of art-enthusiasts flock to the FATVillage, MASS District and Fort Lauderdale Artwalks.

“Partnering with the Sun Trolley for charter services has helped with both traffic and congestion during the Artwalk,” said Doug McCraw, Founder of FATVillage Arts District. “Many attending the Artwalk use the Sun Trolley. They can hop on in many different locations in Flagler Village. With the limited parking capacity in the Artwalk districts, the Sun Trolley takes advantage of off-site parking, which greatly helps our attendance numbers.”

On Artwalk nights, the Sun Trolley service is free and runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Attendees can easily catch a ride with the Sun Trolley from the Searstown parking lot, located at 498 NE 9th Street, in Fort Lauderdale (behind Radioactive Records). There, parking is ample and free. CLICK HERE to view the route.

“The Sun Trolley assists the Fort Lauderdale Artwalk by connecting it with the neighboring FATVillage & MASS District Artwalks, and working to grow the Artwalk in the Historic Sistrunk corridor, ultimately making our neighborhood and city better connected,” said Dylan Lagi, Executive Director of MASS District.

Another event gaining popularity is the Food in Motion food truck event. This event occurs on the second Friday of every month in Peter Feldman Park (310 6th Street, Fort Lauderdale). Food in Motion features nearly 30 different food trucks, live-music, craft booths and more. Similar to the service being provided for the Artwalks, the free Sun Trolley runs to and from the parking lot behind Searstown.

“This year, the Sun Trolley is celebrating its 25th anniversary,” said Robyn Chiarelli, Executive Director of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale TMA. “One of our goals is to continue forming strategic partnerships, like we have with the area Artwalks. These partnerships ultimately help us better serve our community by transporting more neighbors and tourists to where they want to go.”

The Sun Trolley operates eight routes in greater Fort Lauderdale including 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.

Sun Trolley and Riverwalk Water Trolley Holiday Schedule

SUN TROLLEY

Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24, 2016: Normal schedule

Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016: Service suspended all day

New Year’s Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2016: Normal schedule plus service extended from 6:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on the Las Olas Link, along Las Olas Blvd to Andrews Ave

New Year’s Day – Sunday, January 1, 2017: Service suspended on all routes except the Beach Link, which will operate on it’s normal schedule

 

RIVERWALK WATER TROLLEY 

Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24, 2016: Service suspended all day

Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25, 2016: Service suspended all day

New Year’s Eve – Saturday, December 31, 2016: Normal schedule plus additional vessel during the second shift and service extended until 1:00 a.m. for both the regular vessel and the additional vessel

New Year’s Day – Sunday, January 1, 2017: Service to operate during second shift (4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) only