Free trolley to take Saturday riders from De Soto festival to downtown Bradenton


BRADENTON -- With all the success stories in downtown Bradenton, alternative transportation to the hot spots is in high demand, officials say.

A free trolley will run all day Saturday from this weekend's annual downtown De Soto Seafood Festival to the Downtown Bradenton Farmers Market, which will move that day to the Village of the Arts, several blocks south of its usual location on Old Main Street.

Two trolleys will make 30-minute circuits connecting the Seafood Festival, Village of the Arts and the city parking garage at 12th Street West and Sixth Avenue -- just one block east of Bradenton's new Downtown Transit Station, according to a press release. Officials hope the two trolleys will reduce maximum wait time for trolley-riders to 10 to 15 minutes at the four stops.

The Downtown Bradenton Farmers market will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in its temporary new location with live music and about 50 vendors selling vegetables, plants, food, arts and crafts.

Dave Gustafson, executive director of the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority, calls Saturday's trolley "the first step in the creation of a long-term multi-modal transportation plan for downtown."

Future trolleys may connect all downtown Bradenton's cultural venues, officials say.

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