Planning an Orlando vacation? I-Ride Trolley utilizes latest technology to transport visitors along tourist corridor
If you're planning a vacation to the Central Florida area, the I-Ride Trolley is a must-do for your visit. It's easy. Saves time. Affordable. Stress-free. And it delivers you right to where you want to go!
Combining the charm of the past with today’s modern comforts and latest technology, the Trolleys provide a convenient way to transport visitors to the attractions, shopping and accommodations. At $2.00 for a single adult ride, it is the best bargain to be found on an Orlando vacation and visitors enjoy parking the car and leaving the driving to the Trolley conductors.
Logging more than 31.5 million trips since it began in 1997, the Trolley makes navigating the I-Drive area a breeze with its state-of-the-art transportation system.
The fleet of trolleys is equipped with a vehicle location system (AVLS) known as NextBus. Branded as “NextTrolley,” visitors obtain predicted Trolley arrival times and live maps. This information is obtained from several sources: the internet at www.IRideTrolley.com, mobile devices at iDrive2Go.mobi or by simply SMS texting the Trolley stop code which is found at each Trolley stop.
With iDrive2Go.mobi, guests find loads of options for dining, shopping or attractions on I-Drive. The I-Ride Trolley section provides “NextTrolley” information as well as maps and listings of what is near each trolley stop. Access to the mobile site is obtained by QR scanning, SMS texting or by simply going to iDrive2Go.mobi on a smart phone.
Luann Brooks, executive director of the International Drive Business Improvement District, says that the innovative technology makes the system easy and convenient.
“The goal of the District is to help connect our visitors to the information they need when they are on the go within the destination. The system uses the strength of mobile applications to provide a more interactive experience to the visitor without having to access a traditional website.
“In addition, as travelers continue to look for ways to stretch their budgets, the Trolley is more than a way to get from point to point. It allows our save money on gas. It also gives them a chance to relax and leave the driving to us. They can enjoy the ride and not have to think about missing a turn into their favorite attraction!”
All this is providing I-Drive visitors with convenient, technologically advanced new options for getting around Central Florida’s internationally renowned tourist corridor. The amenities save visitors valuable time during their vacation and will help efficiently plan time spent in the International Drive Resort Area.
Additional Trolley fast facts and services:
- Hours: From 8 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. daily. Details along with downloadable maps may be found here. For information on planning a vacation in the area, visit www.internationaldriveorlando.com
- Fare: Single cash fare, $2.00 per ride; child cash fare, $1.00 per ride (ages 3 to 9 with paying adult); senior fare 65 and over, $0.25 per ride. Unlimited ride passes are available: one-day pass, $5.00 per person; three-day pass, $7.00 per person; five-day pass, $9.00 per person; seven-day pass, $12.00 per person; 14-day pass, $18.00 per person. Unlimited ride passes are sold at more than 100 locations within the resort area or online here.
- Route information - Red line: this 15-mile (each way) route services the north and southbound I-Drive Area with 76 stops.Green line:This 12-mile (each way) route travels along Universal Blvd. offering the counterpart service to the Red line with 50 stops.
- Capacity: Each I-Ride Trolley seats 41 riders and includes two wheelchair positions and an ADA-specified hydraulic lift system.
- Markers/Shelters:The system’s 105 markers make I-Drive easy to navigate by car, walking or using the Trolley. The 10-foot high markers are located on both sides of the road for each stop. Trolley stop shelters offer solar lighting as well as seating, maps and location information.
- Security: The Trolley equipment includes security cameras on each vehicle, automatic passenger counters, automated stop announcement system, LED destination signage and LED exterior accent lighting visible day and night.
- Riding green: The I-Ride Trolley’s also have a “green” component. In keeping with the eco-friendliness of I-Drive, the new trolleys are equipped with Clean Diesel Technology (CDT) engines from Cummins, a technology leader in the diesel engine market. The CDT engines eliminate 90 percent of the particulate matter (exhaust pipe smoke) and over 90 percent more of the mono-nitrogen oxides (smog). The new engines are also 10 percent more fuel efficient which helps reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions.
- The I-Ride Trolley service is owned by the International Drive Transit & Improvement District and is operated under contract by the Mears Transportation Group in Orlando, FL.
Created in 1992, the District is a special taxing district formed under a public-private initiative with Orange County, the City of Orlando and the businesses of the International Drive Resort Area. Recognized as an outstanding example of cooperation between three distinct entities, this is the first district of this type established in Florida and is now used by other regions as a model. The District is comprised of three separate Municipal Service Taxing Units (MSTU) that are jointly operated under this unique partnership by a Governing Board and an Advisory Board.