Stuart Tram Business Plan
MARLIN is working as a consultant to the Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to assist the City of Stuart in evaluating the current downtown tram system and building a 5-year business plan for the service in the downtown for the future.
Enhancing Community Mobility, Stimulating Economic Growth
The Stuart Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) purchased their first tram in 2006 and in 2010 adopted the Downtown Master Parking Plan which identified expanding the tram system. During this time the City transitioned from a response-based system to a micro-transit system with 6 vehicles and a trailer today. The CRA has invested in the tram as a way of improving mobility and accessibility to the downtown area to reduce vehicular traffic and congestion and to stimulate economic development.
Ridership on the tram is growing with over 48,000 riders in 2018. The tram is a popular community amenity with 10 stops, 4 Park and Ride locations, and stops coordinated with Marty (Martin County’s county-wide bus service). The tram is free to ride for all including visitors and downtown employees. Our initial survey responses have recorded the community’s recognition of the benefits of the tram.
Martin Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)