New Votran service in NSB
Beginning June 25, Votran will institute a new fixed-route bus. Route 44 will serve the main corridor of New Smyrna Beach, running east-west on State Road 44. Departing downtown New Smyrna Beach from the Julia and Sams connection point, the Route 44 bus will travel west via Canal to Walmart /Shoppes at Coronado. The bus will then travel east to the Indian River Plaza on the beachside, before returning to the Julia and Sams connection point.
As with all new service launches, schedule times remain flexible. Riders are encouraged to visit Votran.org/ridertools for real-time bus tracking. Customer service staff is available to assist passengers with route information and assistance to complete their trips.
Until permanent stops are built, a “flag down” system along the route will be in place for passengers to ride the bus. Construction of permanent stops is in progress, and the estimated completion is July 27. To flag down the bus, passengers along the route should raise their hand to signal the driver.
Votran riders are encouraged to plan trips in advance. Riders may learn more by visiting votran.org. The website provides up-to-date alerts and real-time bus tracking. It also offers downloadable information for the myStop mobile app for real-time bus information anywhere.
Additional details regarding Route 44
- Route 44 will operate approximately 6:45 a.m. to 6:40 p.m. Monday through Saturday with no service on Sunday or holidays.
- Route 44will connect to Route 40, 41, FLEX 42 and FLEX 43 at the Julia and Sams Connection point.
- There will be 28 stops along the route based on ridership attractors such as Walmart, Florida Hospital, Home Depot/Aldi’s, New Smyrna Beach Regional Shopping Center, Downtown New Smyrna Beach, and beach side SR 44, including Indian River Village Shopping Center.
- Initial operation will be “flag down” service until permanent stops can be constructed. For flag down service, riders should go to the far side of an intersection and raise their hand to signal the bus down as it approaches. Riders are encouraged to do this as soon as they see the bus to give the driver enough time to stop. Riders wishing to get off the bus will pull the yellow Stop Request Cords on the bus to signal a stop is needed. Riders are asked to be mindful of their upcoming stops to give the driver time to at their requested stopping location. Automated verbal messages will be on the bus to alert riders of upcoming stops.
- Once stops are put in place at the roadside, drivers will pick up and drop off at those locations.
- Regular Votran fares will be in place.