The circulator trolley that has become a common sight on streets around downtown Annapolis will now be a permanent addition, according to a press release from city officials.
The service had been a pilot project to help people get around the city’s central shopping district and Mayor Josh Cohen said it is now part of the city’s routine public transportation services.
Also, the trolley service, which started in July 2011, will continue to be free to ride, according to the release. It runs a route from Westgate Circle to Memorial Circle near City Dock and stops at all four city parking garages.
“The clanging of the trolley bell is quickly becoming part of the City’s enduring appeal,” Cohen said in the release. “Changing a town’s culture to make more use of public transportation is not an overnight endeavor. We are committed for the long haul to into one that will be the pride of Maryland.”
In November, the city council approved $35,000 to market the service and made a strategic push during the holidays.
According to the release, the number of people using the shuttle has increased. During the Parade of Lights more than 1,000 people rode the trolley and 4,100 passengers used it during the New Year’s Eve celebration in the city.
On average, 100 passengers use the trolley daily, according to the release.
The city also have placed new signs around downtown, with 15 designated drop-off and pickup locations.
The service is a cooperative effort with the city’s hospitality industry and several area businesses.
“We have numerous businesses supporting the circulator from West Street and Main Street to Maryland Avenue and more are showing support every day,” Jerry Hardesty, owner of Middleton Tavern, said in the release.
He said the trolley helps provide “safe and inexpensive” parking for his employees.
For more information, visit www.annapolis.gov and click on circulator.