Sun Trolley to Launch Guided Tours of Fort Lauderdale in October 2017

 The Sun Trolley is now offering guided tours on the third Saturday of each month beginning Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Whether you are a long-time Broward County resident or are visiting South Florida for the first time, this two-hour guided tour is your ultimate backstage pass to the “Venice of the Americas.” Tour participants will learn about Fort Lauderdale’s rich history, nature, nightlife and some of the most eclectic neighborhoods, as well as Fort Lauderdale’s fast growth and exciting upcoming projects.

“Our charming red and yellow trolleys have become a Fort Lauderdale icon,” said Robyn Chiarelli, Executive Director of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association. “The goal of our new guided tours is to create a fun and educational experience for our guests as they learn more about Fort Lauderdale and all it has to offer.”

The guided tours will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Guests will board the trolley at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale and visit various points of interest such as the FATVillage/MASS District, Historic Sistrunk, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, and many more!

Tour tickets are $38 per person and $24 for each child under 12 years old. Infants under 2 years old ride free. Click here to purchase tickets. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure, as the trolley will leave promptly at 10 a.m. Please note that the tour’s end time might vary due to traffic, events, and unexpected circumstances.

Click here to learn more about Sun Trolley and its guided tours, or call 954-TROLLEY. Like what Sun Trolley is doing? Show it here.

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25 Reasons to Ride the Sun Trolley

  1. Our charming and nostalgic trolleys range from free to $3, saving you money on gas.
  2. You’re helping the environment by using public transportation.
  3. We’ve got the best drivers around.
  4. You can rent our trolleys for charter services.
  5. We have eight different routes, including the on-demand Water Trolley, that can get you from one side of the New River to the other.
  6. You can spend time working or reading a book on the trolley instead of sitting in traffic in your car.
  7. You can travel to work in style.
  8. You can track where your trolley is in real-time with the FREE Sun Trolley Tracker App, as well as call 954-TROLLEY for 24/7/365 customer service.
  9. The trolley will take you from the airport to downtown Fort Lauderdale if you have a long layover.
  10. The trolleys will pick you up from anywhere along the routes as long as you wave ‘n’ ride from a safe location.
  11. Enjoy free onboard activities such as bingo and chair yoga.
  12. Traveling should be about the journey, not the destination.
  13. You’re just a trolley ride away from Fort Lauderdale’s best shopping and dining.
  14. We decorate our trolleys for St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas.
  15. You’ll have one less car on the road when you ride our trolleys.
  16. It’s relaxing to ride on our red and yellow trolleys.
  17. You’ll make new friends!
  18. We are all about being involved in our community, from the Jazz Brunch to helping our war veterans get to a special event to honor them.
  19. You can explore parts of Fort Lauderdale you’ve never seen before.
  20. You’re contributing to a new wave of transportation in Fort Lauderdale, in addition to the future Brightline and Wave Streetcar.
  21. You don’t have to worry about parking at the beach.
  22. You have easy access to the Broward County Transit Central Terminal, which connects you to the bus system.
  23. We have great sponsorship opportunities.
  24. We have a shiny new fleet, complete with that “oh so good” new trolley smell.
  25. We’ve been a part of this beautiful city for 25 years, and we want to keep the tradition going!

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.

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’s Robyn Chiarelli Talks About the Beach & Las Olas Link

Sun Trolley’s Robyn Chiarelli talks about the Beach and Las Olas Link and how guests can make their way around Fort Lauderdale in an easy and efficient way, by using the free tracker app and the Wave ‘n’ Ride system.

Costumes & Cocktails – Just 4 Kids Foundation

Join the Just 4 Kids Foundation for their Costumes & Cocktails event – Just 4 Kids Halloween Trolley Run! The trolley run will start at Stache Drinking Den.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Stache Drinking Den

109 SW 2nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Costumes are a must! There will be prizes!

Grand prize for the Best Dressed Group

Grand prize for the Best Individual Costume

50/50 Raffle & Hard Rock Guitar Gift Basket

Price: $35.00 per person * Food, Entertainment & Cash Bar

Purchase tickets at www.Just4KidsCharity.org. To see the event flyer, click here.