Danville Transit will debut its Mainline Trolley service on Friday, Aug. 4, with a trolley bus traveling along a historic route path used by trolley cars during the 19th century and linking the Old West End, River District and Neapolis.
The trolley service will be available from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. the first Friday of each month and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every Saturday.
“It will be a unique experience,” Transportation Director Marc Adelman said Wednesday. “We will be operating along a significant portion of the old mainline trolley system’s route, and with more than 40 stops, it will enhance the shopping, dining and recreational experience for citizens.”
Adelman encouraged groups to consider traveling on the trolley to events and activities along the route.
“The trolleys have been refurbished, with new new bench seats, new flooring, a new air-conditioning system and vintage-themed lights,” Adelman said. “Citizens will enjoy the experience of riding on the trolley.”
Councilman James Buckner proposed the new trolley service. The service, which was developed based on survey responses, begins at Ballou Park Shopping Center and serves West Main and Main streets, Craghead Street to the Community Market area, Bridge Street and North Main Street to Moana Place (Neapolis).
Signs at each stop display boarding times for that particular location. The trolley bus will hit each bus stop location every 45 minutes. For a full trolley bus schedule, map and more information, go to www.danville-va.gov/1983/Mainline-Trolley.
Fares will be $1 per ride with a half-fare discount for seniors and disabled people until noon on Saturdays. Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult will ride for free.