The city’s free Wilton Drive shuttle service launched on March 30, and runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The shuttle, which was implemented by officials to help alleviate some of the parking problems along Wilton Drive, will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays to Sundays.

The shuttle will travel 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.

“Join us [and ride the shuttle],” said Commissioner Tom Green. “Let’s use this shuttle and show people not only is it useful but it is necessary.”

The shuttle is on a 90-day trial period and is estimated to cost about $7,000. City staff said the service can be extended if needed for an additional $17 per hour. “We’re going to use the 90 days to gather info to find what works and what doesn’t. If we find that it is working we will recommend to the city commission to extend the program,” said Bob Mays, city finance director.

The shuttle got off to a slow start in its first full weekend.

“We had a handful of riders, but we didn’t do a lot of pre-advertising,” said Pamela Landi, assistant city manager. She added that city staff expects its “going to take a little while” before more people use the service.