The Village of Sister Bay held a kick-off event June 6 to welcome a trolley that will serve as free public transportation throughout the village this summer. Village officials hope the trolley, leased from Trolley Brokers in North Carolina, will alleviate some of the parking concerns downtown.
“People come downtown for a variety of reasons and we want people to think about different ways to get around,” said Chris Milligan, coordinator for the Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA).
The trolley will make 14 stops through the village’s downtown and stretching out to Fred and Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar and Grill and Corner of the Past Museum. The entire route will take approximately 30 minutes.
“Everyone is really excited about this,” said trolley manager Jerry Saballus, who said he is only concerned with the trolley being too popular.
The trolley will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday for six weeks beginning June 30. Saballus said sponsorship has provided the village with enough money to expand that schedule if they determine there is still a need.
The trolley is funded through private business sponsors, a donation from the SBAA and funds from the 2017 village budget. Businesses sponsored space both inside and outside of the trolley and at each of the stops.