The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) hopes to alleviate traffic congestion for the Pensacola Beach Air Show by increasing public transportation hours along the island on Friday, July 13, and adding additional buses to the schedule on Saturday, July 14.
Friday, July 13 – 8 a.m. until midnight – 3 trolleys will operate along the regular route.
Saturday, July 14 – 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. – 3 trolleys plus 10 additional buses will operate from Park West and extend to Park East, located one mile east of Portofino Resort, to transport people to Casino Beach.
Saturday, July 14 – 6 p.m. to midnight – 3 trolleys resume normal operation along the regular route.
At the conclusion of the air show Saturday, trolley riders will want to be on the first set of buses and trolleys leaving Casino Beach, otherwise expect a long wait for trolleys to return.
Special Transportation to Park East ends at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
After 6 p.m. Saturday, beach trolleys will resume their regular route until midnight.
Passengers will only be picked up and dropped off at the SRIA’s designated trolley stops.
Passengers who wish to get back to their vehicles as soon as the air show ends need to be on the first fleet of buses leaving Casino Beach post show, or should expect to wait as long as 90 minutes for the trolleys or buses to return due to gridlocked traffic immediately following the air show.
The official 2018 Pensacola Beach Air Show will begin around noon on Saturday, July 14.