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News Release

The Breeze Trolley Service Starts April 10; New Season Includes New Route and Is Fare-Free for Riders

Release Date: March 17, 2021

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618
Brian Sullivan , Palmetto Breeze Director of Marketing & Communications, (843) 505-7381


Courtesy of the Lowcountry Regional Transportation Authority and The Breeze.

Hilton Head Island, SC  – The Breeze trolleys serving Hilton Head Island will commence their fourth season of service starting Saturday, April 10. The service is expanding to include a second route serving mid-Island residents and guests.

The trolley service, which is expected to operate every day through Labor Day, is provided by the Lowcountry Regional Transportation Authority with funding and support from the Town of Hilton Head Island. The service will again be provided fare-free for all passengers for the entire season.

The existing trolley route, referred to as the “South Island Route,” will follow the same service hours, routing, and stops as last year using two trolleys each day.

The new “Mid-Island Route” will use one trolley (as depicted on the attached map) and will serve portions of William Hilton Parkway, Folly Field Road, and Shelter Cove Lane. It will start at the existing stop at Shelter Cove Towne Centre, head north on Shelter Cove
Lane, turn left onto U.S. 278 (William Hilton Parkway), turn right onto Folly Field Road, turn around at the Westin Hotel, and then return southbound to the Towne Centre along the same route. Passengers from this new route will then be able to connect every half
hour to the South Island Route that heads toward Coligny Beach Park, the new Lowcountry Celebration Park, and the many stops in-between.

The service will run 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 1 p.m. to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays, reaching each stop approximately every 30 minutes. More information can be found at www.breezetrolley.com.

“We are so pleased to be able to expand The Breeze services by adding this new feeder route for Islanders and guests who live or stay in the mid-island communities,” said Mary Lou Franzoni, Executive Director of the Lowcountry Regional Transportation Authority.
“We are all expecting another very busy tourist season this year, so having the trolleys as an alternative to using a private vehicle will certainly reduce congestion and enhance everyone’s experience. Having it continue to be fare-free makes it an even more attractive
alternative.”

To continue to contain the spread of COVID-19, The Breeze will be following the same safety precautions implemented in 2020, including:
• Using high-tech sprayers to frequently clean and disinfect.
• Having customized clear plexiglass panels beside the trolley drivers.
• Encouraging “one-way” boarding and exiting procedures with passengers
boarding in front and exiting through the rear door.
• Social distancing while riding.
• Having on-board hand sanitizer available for passengers and drivers.
• Requiring passengers to wear facial coverings in accordance with local and
federal mandates.

About the Lowcountry Regional Transportation Authority
The LRTA provides a wide variety of public transportation services in Beaufort, Jasper, Allendale, Colleton, and Hampton counties, includign Palmetto Breeze Transit which transports workers from locations across the Lowcountry to work in the Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Beaufort areas. The LRTA also operates The Breeze seasonal public trolley service on Hilton Head Island, which connects visitors and residents to destinations along the Island’s busiest corridors. The LRTA is also the operator of the Walterboro Works circulating transit service in Walterboro, SC and a variety of other shuttle and on-demand services. For more information, visit www.palmettobreezetransit.com and www.breezetrolley.com.