If you’re tired of taking the bus, driving a car, or walking to get around Stamford, there will be a new way to travel starting next week.
“On the trolley.”
The Stamford DSSD has partnered with BLT to bring the Harbor Point Trolley to the city. The trolley will connect downtown to the South End through 14 stops on a 30-minute loop, at no cost to riders. Sandy Goldstein, President of the DSSD, says the trolley will be in service 7 days a week, making its debut on a special day.
“On Valentine’s Day,” she says. “It’s our gift of love to the downtown and to Harbor Point.”
Stamford residents say it’s an alternative they’re looking forward to.
“I would definitely use it,” says Jason Lee Smith. “I mean I take the bus all the time and it’s not expensive but still, to have it (trolley) for free, it’s a really nice idea.”
“The buses here cost a dollar and five cents, but this is free so I think everyone would like it,” says Joshua Calvin Cenejuste.
“I’d rather walk than pay a dollar,” says resident Chanel Derubis. “But if I had the trolley passing me by, I’d hop on.”
“If it comes by my neighborhood, I’d be glad to take it,” says Al King. “I’ll walk to it if I can.”
Goldstein says she hopes the trolley will make traveling easier for drivers as well, by getting more cars off the road.
“Car travel can be very difficult,” she says. “And you really want to wean people away from car travel to community buses, trolleys, etc.”
Resident Rebecca Ballion says she’s all too familiar with the headaches driving in a city can cause.
“It’s very difficult to find parking in Stamford and I do have a truck that doesn’t make most of the clearances in any of the parking lots; we always end up taking cabs here,” says Ballion. “Stamford’s got a lot to offer and I don’t think they utilize enough of what they have to offer because it’s restricted of where you park. So I think the trolley would be a great idea, everybody can really get a taste of Stamford.”
To find out more about the trolley and for route and schedule information, visit www.Stamford-downtown.com or www.hptrolley.com