Getting around in the neighborhood

Riverside Avondale Trolley Night
Sept. 14, 6 p.m. to midnight
The Riverside Avondale Night Trolley event, sponsored by Riverside Avondale Preservation, neighborhood restaurants, bars and others, is an initiative to show the Jacksonville Transportation Authority that a trolley service at night would be successfully utilized in the neighborhood.

Residents are invited to see that clean, convenient, reliable and low cost public transportation can be a viable alternative to cars in the congested destination areas of 5 Points, Park & King, Stockton and College, the Brewery District and The Shoppes of Avondale.

Tickets will be available to ride the JTA Trolley at various locations. There will be printed route maps available and a mobile optimized website that will show current route locations, with 17 stops, on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Tickets for the first night will be given away at participating sponsors prior to the event or can be purchased on https://riversidenighttrolley.
eventbrite.com for $5 and includes unlimited rides that night. The proceeds will go to continued transportation and parking efforts in Riverside Avondale neighborhood.

Shoppes of Avondale Valet Service
According to The Shoppes of Avondale Merchant Association president Dianne Garcia, the valet service began operations last month at Prudential Network Realty, where the service stages vehicle drop off and pickup. Valets park the vehicles behind shops between Sherwin Williams and the Fox, and behind Coldwell Realty. The cost is $5 per vehicle, but the association is hoping that restaurants will eventually ante up for the valet service.

Parking Study committee sets townhall meetings
The Parking Study committee has determined that townhall meetings for residents in two neighborhoods will be held the end of this month. The Park and King streets townhall will be held Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. at West Riverside Elementary School.  For Avondale, residents will meet Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m. at Fishweir Elementary School.
From the Beach and back via the Connector

A start-up service is hoping that beach residents will embrace the idea of a shuttle to Downtown for late weekend night entertainment. The Connector is being billed as a fun and safe way to get from Jacksonville Beach to Downtown and back, according to Trey Hebron, founder and president of The Elbow, which is partnering with 1904 Music Hall in the formative stages of the initiative.

According to Hebron, “We’re already in the funding and implementation portion of this project. We are trying to finalize our plan and get this thing on the road!”
For $8 per rider, the round-trip shuttle will escort up to 50 people at a time downtown and back across “the ditch”, safe and sound.

Plans are in the works to open the shuttle up every Friday and Saturday night. In addition to saving money for patrons, it will also save lives through DUI prevention. Drinking is permitted on the shuttle and passengers are encouraged to be clean and courteous. Buses will pick up and drop off behind the Tropical Smoothie/Firehouse Subs on Beach Blvd., leaving Jacksonville Beach at 9:30 p.m. and then leaving from 1904 Music Hall at 2 a.m.
For details, visit http://theelbowjax.com/the-connector/ or visit their Facebook page.

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