01 Jul Santa Rosa Island Authority to extend hours and increase public transportation services for the 2019 Pensacola Beach Air Show
PENSACOLA, Fla. (July 1, 2019) — To help alleviate traffic congestion for the Pensacola Beach Air Show, the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) is extending public transportation hours along the island on Friday, July 12, and also adding extra buses to the schedule on Saturday, July 13, in addition to the three trolleys.
On Friday, the SRIA’s three, free open-air trolleys will begin transporting customers at 7 a.m. and will run its regular route until midnight.Starting Saturday at 6 a.m., the SRIA will have 10 buses in addition to the three open-air trolleys running along the island, and will extend their service area to Park East, located a mile east of Portofino Resort. Buses and trolleys will service Park East to Park West, to transport people to Casino Beach throughout the day Saturday.Additional busing service to Park East ends at 6 p.m. Saturday and the three open-air trolleys will resume normal operations again until midnight.
Passengers will only be picked up and dropped off at the SRIA’s designated trolley stops.Passengers who wish to get back to their vehicles as soon as the air show ends need to be on the first fleet of buses leaving Casino Beach post show, or should expect to wait as long as 90 minutes for the trolleys or buses to return due to gridlocked traffic immediately following the air show.Santa Rosa Island Authority provides the free transportation and Escambia County Area Transit does the expert driving.The official 2019 Pensacola Beach Air Show will begin just before 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13.About the Santa Rosa Island AuthorityPensacola Beach is owned by Escambia County, Fla., and is under the direction of the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA). The SRIA was created by the Florida legislature in 1947 under Chapter 24500. The SRIA does not receive tax support from the taxpayers of the county. It is fully funded from lease fees collected from business and residences on the beach. The Island Authority board is made up of six members, five are named by members of the Escambia County Board of Commissioners whose term is the same as the commissioner who appointed them. Registered voters on Pensacola Beach elect the sixth member. The elected member’s term is two years.