Santa Rosa Island Authority to increase bus service for Pensacola Beach Air Show

By Katie

July 7 and 8

June 21, 2017 –Pensacola, Fl—The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA) hopes to alleviate traffic congestion for the Pensacola Beach Air Show by increasing public transportation options along the island on Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8. In addition to the three, free open-air trolleys already servicing the beach daily, the SRIA will add 10 more buses to the schedule that weekend.

Service will begin Friday at 9 a.m. and Saturday at 6 a.m. Eight buses will depart from Park West, located at lot 21N on Fort Pickens Road just before the entrance to the park. Five buses will depart from Park East, located at lot 29.5 on Via De Luna Drive just east of the Portofino Resort towers. Both routes will travel back and forth to Casino Beach all day. 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 buses to return due to gridlocked traffic immediately following the air show.

The three open-air trolleys will resume normal operations again at 5 p.m. and the busing services will end at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Santa Rosa Island Authority provides the free trolleys and Escambia County Area Transit does the expert driving. More information can be found at

The remaining 2017 trolley schedule is as follows:

  • May 26 – September 4: runs DAILY from 5 p.m. to midnight
  • September 8 – October 1: runs FRI, SAT, SUN from 5 p.m. to midnight

The 2017 Pensacola Beach Air Show will begin around noon on Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8.

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