TBTA trolley rides exceed expectations

ALPENA –The Thunder Bay Transportation Authority held its first tour of lights, and according TBTA it was a success.

TBTA used its trolleys Wednesday for the tour and over 100 people showed to sing carols, see the lights and enjoy the ride.

According to Operations Manager Andrew Sundin, over $200 in revenue was made on Wednesday. Officials expected to use one trolley, but instead used four to seat everyone.

“When we initially planned it, we thought it would be one trolley on Wednesday and Thursday,” he said. “We thought we would be lucky to get one full. We are ecstatic about the way it’s been received.”

The trolleys traveled throughout Alpena to view the light displays of homes and businesses while passengers sang carols and enjoyed hot cocoa.

“Next year we will start a planning process for this much earlier and make it a two week event before Christmas,” Sundin said. “We want to be available for rides to make sure everyone in the community who is interested can go.”

Due to the support from the community, Sundin said TBTA will host more trolley tours in the future that are yet to be decided.

“We would like to thank the community for their support and everyone is thrilled for this event,” he said. “It’s a very neat experience. Other than being able to see lights throughout the community, you are able to do it in a different setting with Christmas carols.”

Beth Gohs can be reached via email at bgohs@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5693.