Take the Express
To make travel on Lyons Road easier for residents, the city recently introduced the Butterfly Express trolley.
Jim Berkman, director of the public works department, says the idea for an express bus came after a consultant’s study found many of the community bus stops were outside the city. For example, it went to a Publix supermarket in Coral Springs instead of Coconut Creek. The Butterfly Express runs solely within the city on Lyons Road, making stops between Hillsboro Boulevard and Windmill Park approximately every hour (not accounting for rush hour).
“We’re hoping that … residents will be willing to take the Butterfly Express as opposed to driving, which will hopefully alleviate some of the parking issues at places like the Promenade,” Berkman says.
Major stops include shopping centers and city attractions such as the Recreation Complex, the Community Center, Windmill Park, City Hall, the Promenade, Coconut Creek Plaza, Winston Park Plaza, Lyons Center, the Marketplace at Hillsboro and West Creek Commons.
The Butterfly Express is a city program, unlike the community bus program, which is partially funded by Broward County Transit. On the road since April, the air-conditioned and colorful trolley is accessible for the disabled, has a bike rack and offers free Wi-Fi. Berkman hopes residents will use it to reduce their carbon footprint and avoid driving after drinking. The colorful paint job also makes it a beautiful addition to city streets. Berkman says: “You’ll know it’s coming. It’s not a bus you’re going to miss, that’s for sure.”
The Butterfly Express runs Monday-Wednesday, 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m., and Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight. To view a map of the route, visit coconutcreek.net/freebus. For information, call 954.973.6789.