St. Armands

Residents Association

Bay Runner Trolley

February 25, 2022

City of Sarasota Press Release:  Bay Runner trolley launches March 2

March 2, 2022

March 5, 2022

Email to City from Lido Key resident:

The Bay Runner Trolleys are really cute but on my first ride, I witnessed first hand a serious issue which must be addressed.

There were 5 homeless people who were riding the trolley without an intended destination. 3 of which were belligerent and harassing the other passengers. At our stop, the driver who had clearly had enough, instructed the unruly passengers to get off. They would not and we witnessed a 5 minute yelling match between these passengers and our driver. Our driver finally gave up when it was clear they were not going to comply. We were allowed to board (wish we had not) because within minutes they were loud and disruptive which we had to tolerate until we got off at our destination. This time it was only verbal but what happens when it becomes violent? 3 of this group of 5 homeless clearly have mental illness issues and/or substance abuse issues.

This is a real problem which I believe will only become worse as the Sarasota homeless population continues to grow.

Perhaps charging to ride will help. Both New Orleans and San Francisco charge riders.

Realistically, I question the benefits versus the liability. While currently cute and brand new, I believe the Trolleys will become a financial drain on our tax dollars over time. (Salaries, fuel, maintenance and liability/lawsuits)

I am requesting that you please revisit this program/initiative proactively addressing all issues providing this service may cause.

Thank you for your consideration of these concerns.

June 13, 2022

October 31, 2022

October-November 2022

2022 Member Survey Results

What is your opinion of the City's new Bay Runner Trolley Service between downtown and St. Armands / Lido? (n=147)

31% - I've ridden it and I expect to use it more

  5% - I've ridden it and I don't expect to use it much more

63% - I have not ridden it yet

March 1, 2023

City of Sarasota Press Release:  Award-winning Bay Runner turns one March 2

May 25, 2023

City of Sarasota Press Release:  Bay Runner hours to change June 1 (New hours offer riders an opportunity to get to work prior to 8 a.m.)

September 26, 2023

City of Sarasota bulletin:  Bay Runner ridership tops 250,000 passengers

November 9, 2023

April 5, 2024

City email about Bay Runner trolley ridership numbers.

May 1, 2024

City email with resident complaint about homeless ridership on trolley.

May 8, 2024

City email about Bay Runner trolley ridership numbers.

June 5, 2024

City email about ridership being down due to colder weather this past winter.

St. Armands Residents Association

P.O. Box 2482, Sarasota, FL  34230

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