by Debby Teich
The free Pembroke Pines community bus program has been serving residents for over 22 years. This month, it is getting even better! Beginning September 5, the Pembroke Pines Community Service Department will roll out a new and improved on-time service plan for the Blue East and Blue West Routes.
The City of Pembroke Pines Community Bus Service is comprised of three routes – Blue, Green and Gold – which make 184 scheduled stops from Monday through Saturday. Each bus accommodates 30 riders and has bicycle racks that hold up to two bicycles, as well as easy-to-use electrical wheelchair lifts. The Pembroke Pines Community Bus Service also connects with the Broward County Transit System.
“Residents have so many options when they use the three free bus routes,” commented Jay Shechter, Director of Community Services and Housing. “In addition to the obvious financial savings of gas, using the bus service eliminates parking hassles and affords riders the convenience of being dropped off at the door of so many locations including: movies, grocery shopping, doctors’ offices, malls, the ice skating rink, and visiting friends in the hospital.”
On a typical day, the bus service travels the Pines Boulevard corridor, from as far east as Pembroke Commons Plaza on University Drive and Pines Boulevard to the Holly Lakes neighborhood just west of U.S. 27 at N.W. 215 Avenue, north to Academic Village on Sheridan Street and south to Memorial Miramar Hospital on Pembroke Road. The Blue, Green and Gold routes operate on different schedules. The Gold Route runs from 7:30am until 7:21pm and the Green Route operates from 7:45am to 7:55pm. Both of these routes operate six days a week. Buses do not operate on federal holidays.
The Blue East Route leaves the Pines Place Apartment Complex at 9am. Some of the popular stops include the Big Lots Plaza, Publix Commons, Sedanos Plaza, the Charles F. Dodge City Center, Carl Shechter SWFP Community Center and Doris Market Plaza. The Blue West Route leaves from the Century Village Clubhouse at 8am. Popular stops include Flanagan High School, Park Place Clubhouse, Villas West and Pier Point East, Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center, Colony Point, Memorial Hospital West, Pembroke Lakes Mall and Flamingo Pines Plaza.
s are always surprised by the ease they have in getting to our route locations. A quick review of the maps and schedule is all it takes to determine the route which best fits the individual need,” said Jacque-Ann D. Isaacs, M.P.A., and Transportation Administrator, Transportation Authority, City of Pembroke Pines–Community Services Department.
To review the bus routes, maps and schedules, visit www.ppines.com, select City Departments, click on Community Services, then on Transportation. Or, pick up a transportation brochure at the Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center Campus, 301 NW 103rd Avenue.