Ridership is dropping, and the red-and-yellow Sun Trolley system faces a multimillion-dollar budget hole.
But it’s not the end for the 25-year-old Sun Trolley community bus operation in Fort Lauderdale. City officials on Tuesday night endorsed the Sun Trolley’s continued existence, despite its troubles.
“It’s not a pretty picture,” said Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Romney Rogers, who sits on the board of the nonprofit Transportation Management Association (TMA), operator of the trolley system.
By a 4-1 vote, Commissioner Dean Trantalis dissenting, city commissioners Tuesday embraced a Transit Master Plan that spells out potential improvements and changes to the Sun Trolley, including charging fares on some of the free routes, and replacing the current hail-a-ride system with fixed bus stops.