What is the Bay Runner Trolley?
The Bay Runner is an open-air trolley that provides complimentary service seven days a week, until midnight, with multiple stops along the way between Lido Key, St. Armands Circle, and downtown Sarasota. Continuous service is provided throughout the day:
- 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. – one trolley, 30 minute frequency
- 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. – two trolleys, 20-30 minute frequency depending on ridership and traffic conditions
- 8 p.m. – Midnight – one trolley, 30 minute frequency.
The Bay Runner allows visitors and residents alike the chance to conveniently combine the elegant beachside feel of St. Armands Circle with the more metropolitan sophistication of downtown Sarasota.
Relax and forget the hassle of parking when you ride the Bay Runner. Experience the sights and sounds of the open-air trolley while the Bay Runner allows you to live more and drive less. With convenient and frequent service between downtown Sarasota, St. Armands Circle, and Lido Beach, three world-class destinations are connected into one cohesive opportunity for dining, nightlife, arts, leisure, and recreation.
Enjoy dinner downtown capped off by an open-air ride across the bay for sunset, or finish off a day at the beach with a quick ride downtown to catch a show. The possibilities are endless with the Bay Runner.
The Bay Runner is funded by the collective interest of the City of Sarasota Economic Development Fund, the State of Florida Department of Transportation, the Downtown Improvement District, and the St. Armands Business Improvement District.