SOURCE: International Drive Resort Area

International Drive Resort Area

June 26, 2012 09:00 ET

Utilizing Technology to Transport Visitors Along Orlando's Tourist Corridor

New NextTrolley System Makes Vacation Planning Easier, More Efficient for Visitors to International Drive Resort Area

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - Jun 26, 2012) - The nostalgic I-Ride Trolley service that has logged more than 25.5 million trips since it began in 1997, has unveiled a new, state-of-the-art transportation system that is taking navigating the I-Drive area to a new level.

A new fleet of 15 trolleys is equipped with a state-of-the-art automated vehicle location system (AVLS) known as NextBus. Branded as "NextTrolley," visitors can now obtain predicted Trolley arrival times and live maps.

This information can be obtained from several sources: the Internet at www.IRideTrolley.com, mobile devices at iDrive2Go.mobi, or by simply SMS texting the Trolley stop code which is found at each Trolley stop.

I-Drive has gone mobile! With iDrive2Go.mobi, guests find loads of options for dining, shopping or attractions on I-Drive. The I-Ride Trolley section provides "NextTrolley" information as well as maps and listings of what is near each trolley stop. Access to the mobile site is obtained by QR scanning, SMS texting or by simply going to iDrive2Go.mobi on a smartphone.

Since it began, the Trolleys have been known as a safe, cost-effective, efficient way of getting to the attractions, shopping, restaurants and accommodations. Visitors have enjoyed parking the car and leaving the driving to the Trolley conductors. Stress-free and cost-effective, the affordable pricing enables guests to save money in an economy where gas prices are increasing daily.

All this new technology is providing I-Drive visitors with convenient, technologically advanced new options for getting around Central Florida's internationally renowned tourist corridor. The new amenities will save visitors valuable time during their vacation and will help efficiently plan time spent in the International Drive Resort Area. It is also fun!

Luann Brooks, executive director of the International Drive Master Transit & Improvement District, says that the innovative technology has been utilized to make the system simpler and more convenient. 

"The goal of the District is to help connect our visitors to the information they need when they are on the go within the destination. The system uses the strength of mobile applications to provide a more interactive experience to the visitor without having to access a traditional website."

Additional Trolley fast facts and services:

  • 14 hi-tech, new Trolley stop shelters have been installed with solar lighting and include seating, maps and location information.

  • The system's 105 markers make I-Drive easy to navigate by car, walking or using the Trolley. The 10-foot high markers are located on both sides of the road for each stop.

  • A downloadable, virtual I-Drive Vacation Guide for spring/summer is available at www.Iridetrolley.com.

  • The new trolley equipment includes security cameras on each vehicle, automatic passenger counters, automated stop announcement system, LED destination signage and LED exterior accent lighting visible day and night.

  • The I-Ride Trolleys also have a "green" component. In keeping with the eco-friendliness of I-Drive, the new trolleys are equipped with Clean Diesel Technology (CDT) engines from Cummins, a technology leader in the diesel engine market. The CDT engines eliminate 90 percent of the particulate matter (exhaust pipe smoke) and over 90 percent more of the mono-nitrogen oxides (smog). The new engines are also 10 percent more fuel efficient which helps reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions.

  • The trolleys operate from 8 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. daily. Details along with downloadable maps may be found at www.iridetrolley.com. For information on planning a vacation in the area, visit www.internationaldriveorlando.com.

  • Fare: Single fare, $1.25 per ride; senior fare 65 and over, $0.25 cents per ride. Children under 12 ride free when accompanied by a paying adult. Unlimited ride passes are available: (one-day pass, $4.00 per person); (three-day pass, $6.00 per person); (five-day pass, $8.00 per person); (seven-day pass, $10.00 per person) (14-day pass, $17.00 per person).

The I-Ride Trolley service is owned by the International Drive Transit & Improvement District and is operated, under contract, by the Mears Transportation Group in Orlando, FL. 

Created in 1992, the District is a special taxing district formed under a public-private initiative with Orange County, the City of Orlando and the businesses of the International Drive Resort Area. Recognized as an outstanding example of cooperation between three distinct entities, this is the first district of this type established in Florida and is now used by other regions as a model. The District is comprised of three separate Municipal Service Taxing Units (MSTU) that are jointly operated under this unique partnership by a Governing Board and an Advisory Board.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Wrenda Goodwyn
    Communications Director
    International Drive Resort Area
    International Drive Improvement District
    Email Contact
    P: 239-949-1808
    F: 239-949-1635