Why not charge MORE to ride the Trolley?

Or charge Downtown businesses a DT trolley sponsorship fee? Or do both?

It costs tens of thousands of dollars to keep the trolley running each summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and organizers are looking to the community to help foot the bill for what they say is a valuable resource for downtown businesses and tourists.

Doesn’t that say it all right there? Visitors use it to the benefit of DT businesses. I think a solution would be to charge say $5 dollars for a day pass and if you purchase something at a DT business over $25 that business would give you a $5 dollar discount with proof of your pass. Seems we don’t blink an eye to raise paratransit, why not have tourists pay? Every place I have traveled to requires me to pay for my inner city transportation. Why should SF be any different? Let’s just see how much of an impact the trolley rides really have on DT business, conduct an experiment. We may just find out people are hitching a free ride to Falls Park and not spending a dime in Downtown. If that’s case, to the auction block.

Also, whatever happened to the promise of FREE trolley rides from DT hotels and restaurants to the Events Center? Did that ever happen?



5 comments ↓

#1 Titleist on 05.11.16 at 12:48 pm

Keep the trolley as is. Let’s keep DT growing and vibrant. New WalMart is up and running. Hopefully, we can continue to expand the responsible development of that area of town. (And the indoor public pool is on the build)!

Forward Sioux Falls.

#2 Bruce on 05.11.16 at 2:36 pm

Great tongue in cheek comment Titleist.

#3 The D@ily Spin on 05.11.16 at 2:36 pm

Anytime I’ve seen the trolley, there’s a driver and but a few passengers. People don’t use it. It’s not feasible at any price. Give it to Badlands Pawn. Then it’s profitable charging to shoot it to pieces with machine guns.

#4 scott on 05.11.16 at 8:35 pm

wasn’t the trolly supposed to take people from downtown to the hillbilly concerts at the denny dome?

#5 teatime on 05.11.16 at 10:46 pm

Another expensive plaything.

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