Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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134 P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E – S P R I N G | S U M M E R 2 0 1 6 G E T T I N G A R O U N D PA L M B E A C H The county's public transit service, Palm Tran, connects commuters to every desti- nation in the county, operates daily (except holidays) with 34 routes and serves more than 3,200 bus stops. Weekday peak service runs every 30 minutes; off-peak, every hour. Weekend service is hourly on most routes. Timed-Transfer points allow for easy switching from north-south main routes to the east-west routes, and the buses also serve several park-and-ride lots. There's a para- transit division as well, called Connection, offering door-to-door service for senior and disabled citizens. Riders can plan their trips using a computer or smartphone and view the locations of buses in real time, plus maps and riders' guides are available for free. Cash fares are $2 per bus ride for adults (no transfers allowed); half-price for seniors (65 or older), students (21 or younger with valid school ID) and those with disabilities. An all-day unlimited ride "QUIK Pass" may be purchased from drivers for $5; they're also offered in a 31-day pass for $70. Reduced daily ($3.50) and 31-day ($55) QUIK Passes are also offered to qualifying individuals. OTHER TRANSIT CHOICES The Lyft and Uber car-hailing services are available via their smartphone apps in the county under a temporary operating agreement, as the Palm Beach County Commission decided last fall to wait and see if Florida's Legislature enacts statewide regulations for these popular taxi alterna- tives rather than pass local rules. Local cab companies, which have pressured the county to make those services subject to the same sorts of rules that they must follow, are too numerous to list. There are three limited water taxi services in the county, Sailfish Marina Resort's and the Peanut Island Water Taxi in Riviera Beach, and Admiral Water Taxi in Deerfield Beach. Bicycling is not a highly visible mode of commuting here, mostly because of crowded roadways, but some roads have been retrofitted with bicycle lanes and new roads must have them by state law. Also, Tri-Rail trains and Palm Tran buses have accommodations for bicy- clist commuters. WATER TAXIS If you are looking for a fun way to see the beaches in Palm Beach County, or spend the day at the very popular, Peanut Island – then maybe a Water Taxi might be the way to go. Sailfish Marina Resort on Singer Island (98 Lake Drive) operates the Palm Beach Water Taxi, which has 20-passenger covered vessels and 49-passenger Corinthian cata- marans that travel to all areas of the Palm Beaches accessible through the Intracoastal Waterway. Narrated sightseeing "Now and Then" tours of Palm Beach are offered daily, as well as shuttles to Peanut Island, which has picnicking, swimming, snorkeling and camping facilities and is a very popular gathering spot during holidays and special events. The marina's number is 561-844- 1724 and its website is sailfishmarina.com; call 561-683-TAXI for reservations, which are strongly recommended. Peanut Island Water Taxi, based at the Riviera Beach Marina, 200 E. 13 th St., oper- ates a boat rental service and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; call 561-844-7969 for information. Admiral Water Taxi, which offers one-hour "Mansion Cruises" during fall and winter along the Intracoastal in south county, is located at Two Georges at the Cove Waterfront Restaurant and Marina, 1754 S.E. Third Court in Deerfield Beach; call 561-400-9054 or visit admiralwatertaxi.com for information. There are also several services based in Fort Lauderdale. PUBLIC AND PRIVATE AVIATION Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach is the county's premier portal for air travel (both via major airlines and general aviation aircraft), but visitors may find it less expensive to travel from or to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Miami or Orlando international airports. Many car rental agen- cies are based at PBIA, but for other options such as cabs, shuttles and private transporta- tion (utility vehicles or limousines), it might be easiest to go through Airport Transfers Southeastern Florida Transportation Group. Palm Tran bus service is available to take Palm Beach International Airport, courtesy of Discover the Palm Beaches Photo courtesy of Discover the Palm Beaches

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