Written by Kristen Schmutz
Belden Communications News
The newest addition to the Space Coast Area Transit fleet, kicked-off Friday morning, with a ceremony dedicated to the new Cocoa Beach Trolley.
The event officially kicked-off Central Florida’s Mobility Week, where the Florida Department of Transportation, Space Coast Area Transit, and the Space Coast TPO joined forces from across the state to encourage smart, efficient, and safe transportation choices.
Starting Saturday, October 31, two trolleys will roll out on Route 9 (which runs from 13th Street in Cocoa Beach to Port Canaveral). Each trolley is fully handicap accessible, with bike racks located in the front. Surfboards are allowed on board.
The beautifully designed and spacious trolleys will allow tourists and residents alike to take in the beautiful sights of the area through the large windows on either side.
Proper safety measures are in place with the use of a highly effective disinfectant, Gencie, that kills bacteria, human viruses, and fungi. Gencie stops the transmission of bacteria and viruses, like COVID-19, from one person to another on high touch areas like bus seats, handles, and doors. Plexiglass barriers are also in place, separating the driver from trolley riders.
All customers are asked to only ride when healthy, wear a mask, use hand sanitizer, and social distance. If customers don't have a mask, the bus operator will provide them with one.
Trolley fare is $1.50 for adults. 17 and under, seniors and military can ride for half off or 75 cents. Children 5 and under and transfers are free.
A contactless fare payment system for anyone with a smartphone and a debit/credit card is set to launch in a couple of months, while in the new year, an intelligent transportation system will be available. The new technology will allow customers to be able to see the trolley coming in real-time on their smartphone.
Promo Pete enjoying a first-look of the Cocoa Beach Trolley.
The '10 Days of Trolley' event officially kicks-off Sunday, November 1, stopping at one business each day. This event will allow Space Coast Area Transit to highlight that business and get updates while allowing businesses to react with the trolley. The first stop is Ron Jon Surf Shop and will be ending at Beachside Hotel and Suites.
A second trolley route is scheduled to roll out in the spring of 2021 that will connect Cocoa Beach and run south to Indiatlantic.
The hours of operation for the Route 9 Trolley’s are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information on the Trolley can be found on Space Coast Area Transit’s website www.321transit.com.