The fare-free Island trolley will keep to its regular schedule July 4, despite the throngs of people expected on Island roads shortly after dusk when the fireworks display at the Sandbar Restaurant, Anna Maria, takes place.
A spokesperson for MCAT said there are no plans to add extra trolleys or operate the system later than 10:30 p.m. — the trolley’s routine route end.
The Island trolley begins daily at 6 a.m. with trolleys arriving at the various trolley-stop locations every 20 minutes until 9 p.m., according to the MCAT schedule.
After 9 p.m., trolleys maintain a 30-minute headway until 10:30 p.m., when the trolley makes its last stop at both Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach and the Manatee Public Beach, Holmes Beach.
The Beach Express, which brings passengers by bus from the mainland to the Manatee Public Beach, also will operate its normal schedule July 4, the spokesperson said.
The first express bus departs at 9 a.m. from the Wal-Mart at 6224 E. State Road 64, Bradenton, with stops at the Manatee County Court House and Beachway Plaza at the 75th Street-Manatee Avenue intersection before arriving at the public beach at the west end of Manatee Avenue at 9:45 a.m. The return trip to Wal-Mart makes the same stops.
A Beach Express bus is scheduled to leave Wal-Mart on S.R. 64 every 90 minutes until 4:30 p.m., when the last express bus of the day departs Wal-Mart, with an expected arrival time of 5:15 p.m. at Manatee Public Beach. The Beach Express then leaves the public beach at 5:15 p.m. for its final trip back of intermittent stops to Wal-Mart.