In-Brief

Plaza Las Américas keeps trolley service, adds new stops

El Pon de Plaza shuttle service connects the busy Hato Rey sector with the mall. El Pon de Plaza shuttle service connects the busy Hato Rey sector with the mall.

The free transportation service that Plaza Las Américas launched late last year as a pilot program will officially restart today, with new stops linking the mall with the Hato Rey sector.

“El Pon de Plaza,” shuttle service benefits more than 200 people a day, who use it Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., mall officials said.

Starting today, the service will make stops:

  • In front of Torre Chardón, on Chardón Ave. (a new stop);
  • In front of the Lottery building and the San Juan Municipal Building (the stop was formerly located in front of the Federal Court);
  • In front of the former WesternBank Plaza, on Muñoz Rivera Avenue;
  • In front of the Urban Train’s Roosevelt station;
  • The Lottery building and the San Juan Municipal Building (on its way back to Plaza Las Américas);
  • In front of Tres Monjitas on Chardón Avenue (new stop); and
  • In front of Banco Santander in Plaza Las Américas.

“We started this inititative with a pilot program that lasted 14 weeks, during which more than 10,000 people benefited,” said Franklin Domenech, manager of Plaza Las Américas. “The Pon de Plaza usage exceeded our expectations during this trial period, and we decided to expand the service with new stops.”

The goal of the free service to be able to help people get to the shopping center from Hato Rey, in about 15 minutes each way, so they can shop or have lunch without having to drive or spend time looking for parking.

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