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A New Water Trolley!


The City of Fort Lauderdale is considering adding a new waterway trolley to provide greater access to areas along the River Walk areas of Downtown Fort Lauderdale. A great option for theater goers to have dinner on Las Olas and a short boat ride to the Performing Arts Center.

Read more about this new development in the Sun Sentinel

From the Article:

While the New River splits the city’s downtown in half, a new water trolley could provide visitors and locals a convenient way to bridge the divide.

The free service along Riverwalk would shuttle people across the New River between the Broward Center for the Performing Arts to the west and the Cheesecake Factory on Las Olas Boulevard to the east.

The one-year pilot project could be in operation by the middle of October if approved by commissioners at their Oct. 7 meeting.

“The New River is essentially the first highway of the city of Fort Lauderdale,” said Robyn Chiarelli, executive director of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association, which would receive a $150,000 grant for the project from the city.

“We want to make it as easy to cross the New River as it is to cross Himmarshee or Las Olas or any road,” said Chiarelli, whose agency runs the Sun Trolley system that provides street transportation in the city.

The service would be operated by Riverfront Cruises and Anticipation Yacht Charters, using environmentally friendly 48-passenger, electric-diesel vessels, Chiarelli said. The company currently operates tours on the river and has a kiosk at Las Olas Riverfront.

Water Taxi already provides service on the river with stops that are part of a longer route. Its fare schedule is $23 for adults for a day pass and $15 for an after-5 p.m. pass. The service runs every half-hour Friday to Monday and every 50 minutes Tuesday through Thursday.

City officials see an inexpensive water service as critical to creating a more popular Riverwalk, the linear park with brick paths that straddles both sides of the river. To get from one side to the other currently, pedestrians are limited to using bridge crossings at Andrews Avenue or Southeast Third Avenue.

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