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Delray Beach downtown transportation to be decided next week

Posted at 3:34 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 18:12:06-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Changes are coming to the downtown Delray Beach transportation system.

Last year, WPTV reported the city will be looking for alternatives to its current trolley system. The Community Redevelopment Agency board will meet next Tuesday to discuss future options.

The current trolley system is the only transportation the city offers.

The CRA board will decide on adding a new transportation pilot program where people can order a ride through their phone on an app.

"Right now we had nothing like that," said Guy Karli.

It won't be Uber or Lyft. This system would use environmentally friendly vehicles that will often look like golf carts.

A company used to offer the point-to-point service around downtown and Karli said he used it all the time.

"Me and my friends would use it pretty frequently as a pretty convenient way to get where you need to get to without having to call an Uber or taxi," Karli said.

While the trolley will be going away, the fixed route travels will not. That is good news for those who love the free service.

"When we visit an are that is what we look for is a place we can park our car and use public transportation and walk," said Jeff Cullen who was visiting Delray Beach for the week.

Instead of the trolley, the commissioners will hear what others have to offer the city and decide which one is best.

The CRA has a budget of $735,000 to cover both transportations services.

The CRA meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday.