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 Launches Summer Promotion Free Give-a-Ways on the Sun Trolley’s Galt Link

In December 2015, the Sun Trolley’s Galt Link expanded service to the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Serving thousands of residents and tourists each month, the Sun Trolley’s Galt Link is rewarding its passengers with free give-a-ways.

“Our guests are our greatest asset and we want to show them our appreciation this summer by offering fun surprises,” said Executive Director of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale TMA Robyn Chiarelli.   Once on-board, our drivers provide passengers with various items from umbrellas, to cargo bags, reusable eco water bottles and many other gifts to simply make the journey even more enjoyable.”

Sun Trolley’s summer promotion runs now through September 30, 2016. Give-a-ways are limited to one gift per passenger.

The free Galt Link trolleys transport residents and tourists alike who are looking for transportation alternatives with a charming twist. The route starts at the Galleria Mall and travels northbound to Washington Avenue in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea hitting key destinations such as the Coral Ridge Mall and the Anglin Fishing Pier. Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“We are just so pleased to partner with the Sun Trolley,” said Vice Mayor Mark Brown, Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. “Not only does the Sun Trolley help us to move people more efficiently, offerings such as the Galt Link promotion better ensure residents and visitors here in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea have a special and fun experience while visiting our beachside town.”

An interactive map featuring the key stops and destinations, along with the Galt Link schedule are available via http://www.suntrolley.com/galt-link/. From the Sun Trolley’s Galt Link, guests can connect to the free Pelican Hopper, as well as Sun Trolley’s Beach and Las Olas Links. Please note that is $1 per ride or $3 for an all day pass on Sun Trolley’s Beach and Las Olas Links.

Just like hailing a cab, the Sun Trolley is a wave ‘n’ ride service. Just wave to the driver, from any safe location along the route, to signal that you would like to board. When you’re ready to get off, just let the driver know where along the route you would like to be dropped off. To track the trolleys in real-time, download the free Sun Trolley Tracker app on your smartphone.

To speak to a member of the Sun Trolley team 24/7 call 954-TROLLEY.

Sun Trolley Wins 2014 Small Business Nonprofit of the Year Award from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

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(L to R): Dan Lindblade, Laurie Menekou, Courtney Crush, Chuck Black

The Sun Trolley has once again earned top community recognition for fostering mobility and growth in greater Fort Lauderdale. On Friday, May 2, 2014, the Sun Trolley, administered by the Downtown Transportation Management Association (TMA), was named the “2014 Small Business Nonprofit of the Year” by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

“On behalf of TMA staff, our Board of Directors, community partners and stakeholders, we are incredibly thankful for this award,” said Patricia Zeiler, Executive Director of the Sun Trolley. “This prestigious award recognizes the leadership, integrity and management skills necessary to operate a successful business – our success is completely a bi-product of our pro-active Board of Directors, our dedicated staff and unwavering support from our community partners.”

Both Gilda’s Club South Florida and Rebuilding Together Broward County were named as finalists in the Chamber’s small business nonprofit awards category.

The Sun Trolley, a nonprofit 501(C)3, transports approximately 40,000 passengers per month across its seven routes: the NW Community Link Route alone, provides free transportation for approximately 10,000 people a month who need basic services.

In addition to this award, Patricia Zeiler, was also named the 2014 Nonprofit Leader of the Year at the Annual 211 Broward Academy Awards in March 2014.

To download the Tracker 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.

Military Personnel Ride the Sun Trolley for Free During Fleet Week 2014

All active military personnel visiting Broward County for Fleet Week Port Everglades, April 28 – May 5, will be extended free bus service on Broward County Transit (BCT) as well as free rides on the Sun Trolley when they board in uniform or show their military identification. 

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution on March 18, 2014, to approve the free bus service to show appreciation to the military during their stay. BCT has provided naval organizers with route schedules, maps and travel information to Broward County’s attractions, shopping centers and cultural sites. 

Fleet Week 2014, presented by Humana Healthcare Military Services in partnership with Broward Navy Days, Inc., salutes the thousands of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard men and women who arrive at Port Everglades in several U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships. 

For information on Fleet Week 2014, visit Fleet Week Port EvergladesFor BCT information, call the customer service center at 954-357-8400. Port Everglades is served by Bus route 40.

Sun Trolley Hours Extended for Tortuga Music Festival

tortuga-logoGreat news – The Sun Trolley is extending its hours of operation for Beach and Las Olas Link Routes until 11:30pm this Saturday April 12th and Sunday April 13th to accommodate Tortuga music festival-goers. Attendees are encouraged to park at the City Parking Garage (150 SE 2 St – Entrance on SE 2nd Avenue – near Broward County Main Library) and  Wave N’ Ride the Sun Trolley’s Las Olas Link Route to the Beach.

Don’t forget to download the Sun Trolley’s Tracker App so you can track the trolleys along their routes in real-time. CLICK HERE to Download

For more information about the Sun Trolley visit www.suntrolley.com 

For more information about the festival CLICK HERE

 

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The Sun Trolley is Marge Melbourne’s Red & Yellow Chauffeur

If it weren’t for the Sun Trolley, I’d still be able to get around on the county bus, but my trips would be less convenient and less safe.

Unlike the county bus, which basically drops you off on the side of the road and leaves you to cross many busy lanes of traffic where cars just zoom right by, the Sun Trolley is much more safe and convenient. It’s almost like having your own personal red and yellow chauffeur.

Sun TrolleyI utilize Sun Trolley’s Galt Ocean Link Route on a regular basis. It takes me right into the Coral Ridge Mall so I can shop at Publix, right to my bank on A1A so I can make a deposit, and right to Holy Cross hospital so I can take a test or get a checkup. It even takes me right to the Fort Lauderdale Beach Community Center where I can play bingo and occasionally talk to the people who run the Sun Trolley, the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association – a nonprofit organization.

As a 76-year-old Floridian, I have to be more careful and the convenience provided by the Sun Trolley helps me do that.

Even the people and the socializing are better on the Sun Trolley.

I see a lot of the friends who ride the Sun Trolley all the time. Even the drivers make it a worthwhile ride by interacting with the riders. They’re very friendly.

It’s a fantastic service we wouldn’t want to lose, but we have to make sure we use it. I keep telling the people who live in my building that – use it or we will lose it. I ride for free but the service is so good, so important to me, I’d be willing to give up some of my limited funds to use it if more money was needed to help run it.

I just hope more of my neighbors realize how great this service is and start riding. Until then, I’ll keep doing my part to get more people to grab a seat on my red and yellow chauffeur.

To track the trolleys (IN REAL-TIME!) along any of the seven routes simply download the award-winning Sun Trolley Tracker App. This 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 Sun Trolley is doing? Show it at facebook.com/sun-trolley.

 

Service Animals Are Welcome to Wave N’ Ride!

Many of our loyal riders and social media fans have inquired if their pets are allowed to Wave N’ Ride the Sun Trolley too. The Sun Trolley is a public transportation service that is partially funded by the federal government and therefore the Sun Trolley adheres to federal regulations that permit service animals (only) to board and ride the trolleys.

ImageHere is the applicable language that is published on the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administrations Website 

Under Department of Transportation (DOT) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations at 49 C.F.R. Section 37.167(d), transit providers are required to permit service animals to accompany individuals with disabilities in vehicles and facilities. Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities, such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. A transit provider may ask if an animal is a service animal or ask what tasks the animal has been trained to perform, but cannot require special ID cards for the animal or ask about the person’s disability. A service animal may not be excluded unless the animal is out of control and the animal’s owner does not take effective action to control it or the animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. 

Happy Riding!

The Sun Trolley Team

Patricia Zeiler Named Nonprofit Leader of the Year at 211 Broward’s 2014 Nonprofit Academy Awards

More than 750 community leaders, supporters and    nonprofit volunteers attended 211 Broward’s  Nonprofit  Academy Awards ceremony which took place on Friday, February 28, 2014 at  the  Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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(L to R): Patricia Zeiler pictured with Sun Trolley staff members Cynthia Lull (left) and Mary Hogan (right)

A very special congratulations to Patricia  Zeiler, Executive Director of the  Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (Sun Trolley),   who was selected as the 2014 Nonprofit Leader of  the  Year!  Sponsored by  Broward College, this important  award recognizes leaders who work to push their   organizations forward, manage them efficiently and  practice positive collaboration  with many of the 5,800  nonprofits that operate within Broward County.

Patricia would like to recognize her fellow finalists who  were  also nominated for this year’s award: Kim L.  Cavendish, Museum of Discovery, Dr. Steve Ronik,  Henderson Behavioral Health Dennis Stefanacci, ACFRE,  Broward Health Foundation.

“To be in such great company with the other finalists in itself was an honor,” stated Zeiler. “I am just so thankful to 211 Broward, PNC Bank and The Wasie Foundation for bringing the community together to recognize Broward County’s nonprofits  – I will forever remember this day and how grateful I am to be recognized and selected as the 2014 Nonprofit Leader of the Year.”

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To view all the winners of the 2014 Nonprofit Academy Awards click here to read the  article that ran in the Sun Sentinel on February 28, 2014.

Earlier this month Patricia was also recognized as a “Women in Transportation” by the U.S. Department of Transportation. To view her video please click here.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler and the Fort Lauderdale City Commission will publicly recognize and congratulate Patricia for her accomplishments at the City Commission meeting taking place March 18, 2014 at 6 p.m.

To learn more about the Sun Trolley or to connect with Patricia visit www.suntrolley.com.

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’s Tracker APP Wins 2012 Travel Choices Innovative Program Award

With Mobile Apps being all the rage, the Sun Trolley hopped on the cool train to develop and launch its mobile tracker app with the help of the Leadership Broward Class 30 Project team in 2012.This innovative tracker app that literally “tracks” the location of all the Sun Trolleys across all seven routes in real time, was presented with the 2012 Travel Choices Innovative Program Award on Friday, April 12, 2013.

(Left) Robyn Chiarelli, TMA & (Right) Michael Wright, FDOT

(Left) Robyn Chiarelli, TMA & (Right) Michael Wright, FDOT

The Innovative Program Award is awarded to a Florida public transportation system, commuter assistance program, transportation management organization or other Florida entity that has designed and implemented specific public transportation-related programs that demonstrate innovative concepts or effective problem-solving techniques.

“With three other fantastic nominees in this category, we are honored that our tracker app has received this award,” states Patricia Zeiler, Sun Trolley’s Executive Director. “In the wake of the mobile apps’ successes, we are currently working on launching a desktop app so that hotel and local business representatives can offer additional assistance to our passengers.”

The Florida Travel Choices Awards are sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The FDOT seeks to provide a safe transportation system that ensures the mobility of people and goods, enhances economic prosperity and preserves the quality of our environment and communities.

Applications for this award were due January 31, 2013. The Sun Trolley was presented with this award on April 12, 2013 at the University of South Florida in conjunction with the Florida Commuter Choice Summit and Southeast TDM Symposium.

To download printable route maps, the mobile app 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.