In an effort to solve the traffic and parking issues on the Emerald Coast, Walton County locals Steve Burnett and Curtis Spagnola are launching Gulf Coast Go – a fleet of double decker buses and smaller trolleys that will travel along Highway 98 between Okaloosa Island and South Walton and along Scenic 30A. The official launch date will be during Spring Break of 2018.
Gulf Coast Go is a “hop-on-hop-off” transportation fleet
Gulf Coast Go is a “hop-on-hop-off” transportation fleet that aims to connect visitors with the many attractions and businesses in our area without having to make the drive themselves. Double decker buses will be used along Highway 98 and trolleys will be used along Scenic 30A.
Gulf Coast Go is hoping to help with the ever-increasing parking issues in Destin and South Walton. According to their website, “Our service will allow tourists to gain access to attractions, restaurants, retail and activities without the struggle of parking. Gulf Coast Go believes parking concerns will be alleviated and traffic patterns will be influenced on Highway 98 and Scenic 30-A.”
Multiple stops from Scenic Highway 30-A to Okaloosa Island
Initial routes for Gulf Coast Go will include multiple stops from Scenic Highway 30-A to Okaloosa Island. Gulf Coast Go has already secured 10 stops along Highway 98 and Scenic 30-A with additional locations added as needed.
Riders will be able to purchase a 1,3,5 or 7-day bus pass and can “hop-on-hop-off” anytime. During the peak season the operating hours will be from 6am – 11pm on weekdays and 6am – 1am on the weekends. Locals will be able to buy a Local Pass at a discounted rate.
To launch Gulf Coast Go, the company will be providing free transportation during the 2018 30A Songwriters Festival happening this weekend. Using their new trolleys, they will provide all-day transportation from Grand Boulevard, and nightly transportation from venues along Scenic 30A.
So what do you think of Gulf Coast Go? Do you think they will be able to get repeat travelers and help alleviate some of the traffic problems?