A new feature at Pier Park has proudly carried many names such as The Love Shuttle, Party Bus or Red Schlepper. Many requested it and thousands made good use of it throughout the summer. With no particular route, the Pier Park Tram (a formal name to be given early next month) can be seen wandering the various corridors of traffic of the south and north portions of Pier Park.
To buy a new pair of jeans at American Eagle after a burger at Five Guys, be prepared to walk a good fifteen minutes or more and trek across a sea of pavement to walk into some new threads. For most, they would just drive their car. For me, the walk would be great, but the time factor always weighs in – time seems so valuable these days, doesn’t it?
Shara has been driving the Love Shuttle for a month now and doesn’t like getting wet when it rains, but still enjoys the calming drive amid such beautiful architecture. “I just go where-ever. I stop when people flag me down and take them where they want to go.” She gladly accepts tips that go to the Simon Youth Foundation.
“People don’t really know how to work the roundabout,” Shara said. “A lot of times they try and go left or stop in the middle to let cars in front of them – it slows traffic down a bit.”
Many are surprised to find that the shuttle service is complimentary and available to all those that frequent Pier Park. “Sometimes I’ll just stop and ask people if they want a ride,” said Felicia Cook, Marketing Director for Pier Park. “They are surprised to learn it’s free.”
With a top speed of around 20 mph the Party Bus will seat 10 and handles well.
When asked what happens in the winter months when it gets colder or when it rains, Shara replies, “I still drive.”