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

Upcoming Community Events Affecting Sun Trolley Links

Name of Event: Repair on Las Olas

Date: December 4-9, 2016

Time: All day, every day, for the week

Route that will be affected? Las Olas on Monday 12/5 and Friday 12/9 

What streets does this event affect specifically? Eastbound Las Olas Boulevard between S.E. 3rd and S.E. 4th Avenues is being closed for a sewer main repair beginning Sunday, December 4th at 6 p.m. through Friday, December 9th at 5 p.m.

 

Name of Event: Sailboat Bend Art Festival

Date:  December 10, 2016

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Route that will be affected? Las Olas and Airport

What streets does this event affect specifically? Closing SW 2nd Street between SW 5th and 4th Ave. (In front of the Museum of Discovery and Science)

 

Name of Event: Fast Town Experience Ft. Lauderdale

Date: January 21,2017

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Route that will be affected?  Las Olas

What streets does this event affect specifically? On Las Olas SE 6th Ave west to SE 3rd

 

Name of Event: 29th Annual Las Olas Art Fair (Jan 2017, March 2017)

Date: Sat and Sun- Jan 7/8 2017, and Mar 4/5 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Route that will be affected? Las Olas

What streets does this event affect specifically? Las Olas from SE 6th – SE 11th Ave

Sun Trolley Transports Veterans to Tap 42 on Veterans Day – Post Event Wrap Up

On November 10, 2016, in celebration of Veterans Day 2016, the Sun Trolley transported 25 Veterans from the tri-county area to Tap 42 to celebrate and honor their service to our country. The trolley, carrying veterans from six wars, was accompanied by a seven unit police escort. “Serving and Honoring our Veterans and active duty military is such an honorable and much needed responsibility that we all need to do more of. I think all of our partners did a tremendous job of that,” said Ryan Paton of Honor Flight South Florida. Honor Flight South Florida, a local non-profit organization with ZERO paid staff, raised $5,240. That $5,240 that will go DIRECTLY to getting 14 more local WWII Veterans on the trip of their life to their $200 Million dollar memorial in Washington, D.C.

Honor Flight South Florida, is a local nonprofit organization focused on one goal: to transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices at zero cost to the veterans.

Sun Trolley Stationed at Right Place, Right Time to Help Fort Lauderdale’s Most Vulnerable

Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 7, 2016) – On Friday, October 7, 2016, in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, four Sun Trolley vehicles came to the aid of more than 75 individuals in Fort Lauderdale. With the storm remaining off shore and no longer a threat to Fort Lauderdale, many were in need of reverse evacuation services. The Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (TMA), which administers Sun Trolley operations, dispatched these vehicles to transport individuals from the Rock Island Elementary / Arthur Ashe Middle School shelter back to their original destination.

It was strategic thinking and preparedness that led the TMA to park their trolleys in the parking garage at Fort Lauderdale City Hall.  “We wanted to protect our vehicle assets so we were able to provide regular trolley services after the storm passed and especially if we were called upon to assist in transporting evacuees,” said Robyn Chiarelli, Executive Director of the TMA.

When the call came in from officials that Broward County was “all clear” and the worst of the hurricane had passed, Sun Trolley operators jumped into action. After working tirelessly preparing for the storm, they returned to their vehicles to assist those left at the shelter without viable means of transportation to return home.

“We were in the right place at the right time and have a truly gracious team of drivers who are dedicated to serving the members of our community,” said Chiarelli. “Sun Trolley drivers Samuel Munroe, Jerry Pierre, Brenda Tucker, Nixon Thelot are a few of our local heroes.  They were willing to put others before themselves in the face of the storm.”

The Sun Trolley worked closely with Captain Bill Schultz of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Captain Schultz sincerely thanked and appreciated the Sun Trolley and their drivers for their assistance and service.

The Sun Trolley fleet has been providing affordable, and on most routes, free community transportation services to greater Fort Lauderdale for twenty-five years. “We are in fact celebrating our 25th anniversary this year,” said Chiarelli. “I attribute the system’s success to our team and moments like this – lifting the community up by providing viable transportation solutions.”

The Sun Trolley is a “Wave ‘n’ Ride” service. Passengers simply wave at the driver from anywhere along the route to board and then let the driver know when they would like to disembark. Passengers are encouraged to download the free Sun Trolley Tracker App on their smartphone to track the trolleys in real-time.

 

To download printable route maps and learn more visit http://www.suntrolley.com/ or call 954-TROLLEY. Like what Sun Trolley is doing? Show it at facebook.com/sun-trolley.