Gig Harbor trolleys will be back for second summer, Pierce Transit board decides

Staff writerOctober 15, 2013 

Pierce Transit wants to continue running old-fashioned-looking trolley cars in Gig Harbor in future summers after a trial run that ended in late September proved popular and met the agency’s ridership and revenue goals.

DEAN J. KOEPFLER — Staff photographer

The trolleys will be back again next summer in Gig Harbor.

Pierce Transit's board voted unanimously Monday to continue the service after a trial run proved popular this summer and met the agency’s ridership and revenue goals.

Meanwhile, if you think you still see the old-fashioned-looking trolleys on the road, you're understandably mistaken.

Pierce Transit painted two of its surplus 30-foot buses to look like trolleys. They were used during the summer as substitutes when the two leased trolleys broke down. The painted buses are currently being used on Route 100 in Gig Harbor.  

Next summer, riders could have to pay a substantially higher fare next summer to ride the real trolleys. The price of a ride during the summertime demonstration project was 25 cents. Pierce Transit proposes charging its standard fares of $2 for adults. Youths ages 6 to 18 would pay 75 cents. Children 5 and under would still ride for free.

Pierce Transit plans to seek more community contributions to lower the adult fare.

Also Monday, the board approved designing tailored service using two loop routes with shuttles in Fife, Edgewood and Milton. The so-called "circulator" service is proposed to start in mid-February.

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