The City of St. Augustine held a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 21 to kick off the launch of its new STAR Circular, a free bus service funded through a Florida Department of Transportation grant. This service will be operated by Historic Tours of America’s Old Town Trolley and will provide circular transportation around the downtown core, starting at the Visitor Information Center (VIC).
The service will then make its way to Avenida Menendez. The first circulator stop will be in front of 14 Avenida Menendez, followed by the second stop on the north side of Cathedral Place, midblock between St. George and Cordova Streets. The route will continue north on Cordova Street and the bus will return to its starting point at the VIC, which will function as the circulator hub.
“The introduction of the downtown circulator bus service represents a significant milestone for St. Augustine,” said Reuben Franklin, Assistant City Manager. “It aims to enhance connectivity, ease traffic congestion, and provide a convenient mode of transportation for the downtown workforce, residents, and visitors.”
The total travel distance is 1.12 miles, and travel time is estimated to be approximately 15 minutes during normal traffic conditions. The service will operate daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., but hours of operation may vary during Nights of Lights and other special days and holidays.
Passengers are permitted one complete circle and must disembark to be allowed back on the bus. The last pick-up for service departs the VIC at 10:00 p.m. For more information and updates on the circulator bus service operation schedule, visit www.CityStAug.com/star