28 Oct Santa Rosa Island Authority to increase public trolley services for the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show
by Katie King |Katie@ewbullock.com
Santa Rosa Island Authority to increase public trolley services
for the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show
PENSACOLA, Fla. (October XX, 2021) — To mitigate parking congestion along Pensacola Beach during the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show weekend, the Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) will be increasing free public transportation hours along the island on Friday, Nov. 5, and Saturday, Nov. 6.
In addition to the three, open-air trolleys running along the island, the SRIA will have four buses running from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will extend their service area to Park East, located a mile east of Portofino Resort.
Trolleys will pick up passengers from the official designated air show trolley stops of Park East (#7) or Park West (#9) only, and transport people to the Casino Beach area trolley stops at the ESO station (#8) and SRIA station (#6) throughout the day.
The eastbound trolley route will only pickup/drop off at Park East (#7) and the SRIA station (#6) and loop back and forth between those two stations all day.
The westbound trolley route will only pickup/drop off at Park West (#9) and the ESO station (#8), and will loop back and forth between those two stations all day.
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 the ESO or SRIA stations 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. PLEASE NOTE: Face masks will be required to ride on all trolleys and buses, per federal regulations regarding public transportation.
All busing service ends at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
This free transportation is being provided by Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) in support of our military and for the benefit of the general public.
The official 2021 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show dates are Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6. For more information about the Homecoming Air Show please go to visitpensacolabeach.com/whats-happening-blue-angels-homecoming/.
About the Santa Rosa Island Authority
Pensacola 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.