The Jekyll Island Authority will conduct test runs of a free trolley shuttle service soon in an attempt to meet transportation needs for residents, guests and visitors.
“Shuttle service is something guests, residents and businesses have requested across the board, especially in our busiest seasons,” said Jessica Scott, Jekyll Island Authority Marketing Communications Manager. “Our goal is to tie both sides of Jekyll Island together and enhance the overall experience for guests.”
Called The Jolley, the trolley shuttle will run between Beach Village and the Historic District for two weekends, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 28-30, and Aug. 4-6.
Pick up and drop off for Beach Village is at the top of the hour, at the intersection of Main Street and Ocean Way, in front of Fuse Frozen Yogurt, 107 Main St.
Pick up and drop off for the Historic District is at the bottom of the hour, at the intersection of Old Plantation Road and Pier Road, in front of DuBignon Cottage.
Temporary signs will be in place noting pick-up and drop-off locations.
The trolley has 40 seats with seat belts and is ADA accessible.
“Since the (trolley) drivers will be trained in local history and highlights, riders will be treated to a brief island tour during the short drive,” Scott said.
Whether or not the shuttle route and hours will remain the same or whether the service will remain free of charge will be determined after the test is completed, according to Meggan Hood, Jekyll Island Authority’s senior director of marketing and communications.
The shuttle does not extend to the mainland during the test-run. Officials will determine whether to extend it to the mainland later.
As for costs to operate the free shuttle service, Hood said there are no significant hard costs since the authority will use its own vehicle and staff to complete the test.