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Travel Smart, Arrive Safe

By Sarah McCartan

It doesn’t matter how you are getting there. The important thing is that you are traveling smart so that you arrive at each and every one of your destinations safely. Here are a few transportation suggestions to help you while you are out and about this holiday weekend.

Trolley Time
Catch a ride on the beach trolley to avoid driving or lengthy treks up and down the beach. Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) provides free seasonal trolley service on Santa Rosa Island. Trolley service kicks off this weekend and runs every 30 minutes, from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. To learn more and to download a trolley route map, visit goecat.com/routes.

For live trolley tracking, check out visitpensacolabeach.com/trolleytracker.

Jump on It
If you are looking for a ride from downtown out to the beach this weekend, or vice versa, jump on the ECAT Route 64 Beach Jumper. You can catch the bus downtown at the stop located at the corner of Jefferson and Garden streets, just a short walk from the Pensacola Bay Center and surrounding parking lots. Casino Beach Pavilion serves as the Beach Jumper pickup and drop-off location on the beach. For the complete route schedule, map and fare information, visit goecat.com/routes.

Seeing Yellow
While there is a long list of cab companies in Pensacola, Yellow Cab of Pensacola just so happens to have the easiest phone number to store in your memory bank. If you can only remember one phone number this weekend—emergency numbers aside, let it be (850) 433-3333. Open 24 hours, seven days a week, Yellow Cab drivers are available to pick you up downtown, on the beach or wherever you find yourself, and will take you safely to your next stop.

Expert Tip—Hailing a taxicab is fun, but this isn’t New York City, y’all. In order to get cab service, it’s best to first place a call and let the cab driver know where you can be found. Then you must stay there and wait for pickup. I know it’s tempting, but try not to meander away.

Flying In
If you are flying into Pensacola International Airport this weekend, there are several companies ready and waiting to help you hit the ground running, whether you are starting off downtown, or heading straight out to the beach. Island Time Shuttle is available 24/7 to provide airport shuttle service to and from hotels, resorts and other weekend destinations. For more information, visit islandtimeshuttle.com. For shuttle quotes and reservations, call (850) 686-9741.

Several area hotels offer courtesy car transportation to and from the airport. For a complete listing of ground transportation options, visit flypensacola.com.

Pedal Faster
If you find yourself growing tired while walking about downtown this weekend, or just want to move a bit faster but have no more kick left in your step, hop in a pedicab. Gulf Coast Pedicabs is a bicycle taxi tourist service, available to transport two or three customers at a time. Although they pedal for free, they survive on tips so be sure to have a fistful of cash on hand to thank them for pedaling your tired self. Visit facebook.com/gulfcoastpedicabs for more information, and be sure to look for them on the streets of downtown this weekend.

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