Shuttle Ridership Up, Says City

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Wilton Manors officials don’t expect the new Wilton Drive shuttle service to be a huge hit overnight. But they are encouraged by the progress in ridership. City Manager Leith Ann Henderson said that ridership went from 8 the first weekend of operation to 14 the second.

“We’re getting there. It’s going to take time,” she said. At first, city staff members pitched in to drive the vehicle. But now, the city has a dedicated driver. At the April 11 commission meeting, Vice Mayor Justin Flippen publicly thanked the city employees who volunteered to drive.

“That does not go unnoticed,” he said.

The shuttle program, which is set to last for 90 days and could be expanded if officials think it’s successful, runs Thursday to Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The estimated cost for the trial period is $7,000.

The shuttle travels up and down Wilton Drive and has eight stops – City Hall/Hagen Park parking lot, the Shoppes of Wilton Manors, behind the 2309 N. Dixie Hwy. parking lot at 2216 NE 11 Ave., Northeast 9 Avenue and Wilton Drive, the Northeast 8 Terrace parking lot, Northeast 7 Avenue and Wilton Drive, Northeast 22 Street and Wilton Drive, and Richardson Park.

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