Alex & Heather Bailey of OutsidetheDen.com share their experience of the Riverside AvondaleNight Trolley
Alex: It is often said that one of the most pressing issues in Jacksonville is a lack of solid public transportation. Without a reliable bus or rail system to get us where we need to go without all the stress and worry of parking and driving, it is difficult to plan a relaxing evening that hits all the hot spots. Fortunately in Riverside and Avondale, JTA has listened to the efforts of Riverside Avondale Preservation, area merchants, and countless volunteers, and JTA is now experimenting with bringing back the Riverside Avondale Night Trolley, which was the best way to travel in the evenings from places like the Shoppes of Avondale to the King St Brewing District to 5 Points and then back again!
These three jolly green night trolleys run late into the night, so there’s no rush to close out and leave before you are ready. We had a lot of fun riding on our little excursion from Intuition to make it to happy hour at Orsay for a bite to eat. It was a pretty chilly night, so it was great when we saw the trolley rolling around the bend to pick us up. We both had the all night four dollar pass, which is much less of a headache than having to dig for exact change for a single one-way ticket. One wave of the ticket, and we were ready to go. All of the buses are equipped with comfy wooden bench seats with plenty of room to stretch out if you felt the urge.
Heather: Can we take a minute to talk about just how awesome the GPS trolley app is? A huge thanks to Dylan Phillips for this fantastic app. We were able to stay warm inside our various stops because we knew right when the trolley was going to be where we needed it. And let’s be honest, it’s just fun to watch the little graphic trolleys move around.
Where did we see the most traffic? Intuition Ale Works and 5 Points!