With two lines serving Orlando, the I-Ride Trolley is a fun way for visitors, workers, and residents to travel between the various attractions that make the Florida city a worldwide destination. Universal Orlando, Sea World and the Orange County Convention Center are all accessible by the I-Ride, as are a plethora of hotels, restaurants, and shopping options. On our recent visit, we had the opportunity to take the trolley (and use the NextBus app, naturally) as we made our way around the city.
For us, it was a chance to get to know the Orlando area better and see real-time passenger information in use.
From the start, taking the I-Ride was an easy experience—stops are clearly marked, buses run every 20 to 30 minutes and, with NextBus real-time predictions, there’s no guessing when the bus will be there. When we saw our bus was about five minutes away, we simply stepped outside just in time for its arrival.
On one of our trips along the Red Line, we ran into the Sumlin family, who used NextBus to get on the trolley for a day of sightseeing and shopping. “I think it’s great because it gave us an idea of where we were going and what time we needed to be ready for the trolley. I think it was very user friendly,” said Courtney Sumlin, of Jacksonville, Florida.
The family was headed to lunch after a morning at the outlet mall. “We get to see a lot of the city of Orlando,” opined Cassandra Sumlin, visiting from Dayton, Ohio. “Otherwise we would just drive to a spot. But this way we get to see a lot more of Orlando and interesting things along the way.”
And NextBus helped them do it.
[Picture: The Sumlins]