By: Matt Galka
September 26, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - City officials got a sneak preview at the new Rhythm Route trolley service from Star Metro Thursday.
Passengers got the red carpet treatment at three entertainment locations on Gaines Street, Downtown, and Midtown.
Some on social media are calling it the "tipsy trolley." Supporters say it's a better alternative than drinking and driving.
"You don't have to drink and have a good time, you can have a good time without drinking," said city commissioner Gil Ziffer.
"I'm sure that will be some people that will, but that's part of the reason to take the bus. We don't want you drinking and driving. Get on the bus, make it safe for everyone and enjoy yourself."
There's a special incentive for folks trying the service on its first day. Riders can get their hands stamped and enjoy deals at most of the entertainment destinations along the route.
Press Release: StarMetro
StarMetro officially put its new route, the Rhythm, in motion with a celebratory kickoff today at City Hall. The Mayor and City Commissioners gathered with local business owners and community leaders to ride to the three districts that the service will connect: All Saints/College Town/Gaines Street, Downtown and Midtown.
The special introductory ride, titled The Rhythm in Three Movements, provided passengers with a firsthand glimpse of the many restaurants, shops and entertainment venues that Tallahassee has to offer.
Rhythm route service officially begins tomorrow, September 27. Two fare-free buses, easily distinguished by their blue-toned, artfully designed exteriors, will run every 20 minutes on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.
“Our new Rhythm will offer residents fun, safe and convenient transport between several exciting nightspots and shopping areas that have become very popular,” said Commissioner Nancy Miller, lead commissioner on the City’s Long Range Planning Target Issue Committee. “We hope that everyone will jump aboard the Rhythm to visit these local shops and restaurants.”
The Rhythm route extends from Gaines Street to Sixth Avenue. It runs along portions of Gaines Street, Madison Street, Railroad Avenue, Macomb Street, College Avenue, Adams Street, Carolina Street, North Monroe Street, Sixth Avenue and Thomasville Road.
Each of the 21 Rhythm route stops is designated by a small, rectangular sign located below other signage at an existing StarMetro bus stop. The route map, bus stop locations and other details may be found at Talgov.com/rhythm and on fliers available on each bus and at businesses along and near the route.
“To assist passengers and encourage ridership, volunteer ambassadors will be on the buses and at each stop this Friday and Saturday,” StarMetro Transit Director Ivan Maldonado said. “We’re encouraging everyone to ‘Catch the Rhythm’ and experience these vibrant parts of Tallahassee.”
For information about StarMetro services, please call 891-5200, visit Talgov.com/starmetro, like StarMetro’s official Facebook page at Facebook.com/starmetrotransit or follow them on Twitter at Twitter.com/ridestarmetro.