New state-of-the-art trolley now in service along Ponce route

Coral Gables’ new state-of-the-art trolley is seen in service.
Coral Gables’ new state-of-the-art trolley is seen in service.

There is a new, state-of-the-art trolley in service in Coral Gables. The vehicle has an automated wheelchair ramp and an integrated “kneeling” system that lowers the front suspension for easier passenger entry and exit.

The new trolley, No. 17, which replaces another vehicle from an aging fleet, was purchased entirely with funds from a federal grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The new trolley began service in July providing transportation for residents and commuters along Ponce de Leon Boulevard from the Douglas Metrorail Station to Flagler Street. The cost of the new trolley was approximately $400,000.

“For almost nine years, the Coral Gables Trolley has become an essential transportation service bringing thousands of people every day to the heart of the city,” said Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk Jr. “We are proud to continue to offer this free service with a newer fleet.”

The Coral Gables Trolley serves more than one million passengers annually and continues to expand service for residents and visitors. In addition to the trolley provided by this federal grant, the city is procuring three additional replacement trolleys at a cost of approximately $230,000 each, which are scheduled for delivery this fall. Fifty percent of the funding for the three new trolleys is being provided by a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.

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