Kudos to TBTA for expanded lights tours

Last year, officials with the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority came up with a great plan for trolley use over the Christmas holiday season. And, this year, they have expanded on that experience and created a “bigger and even better” plan.

Beginning Dec. 19 and continuing through Dec. 23, residents can board a trolley and tour outdoor Christmas displays around Alpena. A tour will last approximately 40 minutes and costs only $1, with 50-cent admission for seniors and children younger than 13. Tours will run from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 19 and 20, and 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 21 through 23.

Because of the popularity of the tours last year, three trolleys will be placed into service this year. Pick-ups will occur in the parking lot behind City Hall, the parking lot in front of the Old Ripley Street Station and the parking lot at Alpena Community College.

TBTA Operations Manager Andrew Sundin said he expects this year’s use of the trolleys to exceed last year’s popularity.

“It gives people more flexibility,” Sundin said in a recent newspaper story. “We made it five days and added more hours and trolleys to give more people an opportunity to come enjoy the event.”

We love the concept and believe this makes great use of the trolleys at this time of the year. And, with a price like that for the service, it makes a nice holiday experience affordable for everyone.

We expect a lot of use of this service, so expect to wait at times. Be patient, though. A great trolley ride awaits those hoping for a holiday treat.



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