Management & Operations

Monterey-Salinas Transit launches new trolleys

Posted on June 1, 2004

Monterey-Salinas (Calif.) Transit (MST) debuted a new fleet of rubber-tired trolleys, manufactured by Optima Bus Corp., at a waterfront parade in mid-May. The official unveiling, which took place in downtown Monterey, featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony and speeches from various partners in the project, including MST General Manager Frank Lichtanski, Monterey Vice Mayor Clyde Roberson and Leslie Rogers, administrator of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Region IX. The event concluded with the six-trolley fleet traversing an MST waterfront route. “These [trolleys] are a part of the aesthetics of Monterey. They will make people think, ‘Why can’t we have those where I live,’” said event speaker Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.). The Victorian-style trolleys, which cost $337,890 each, were paid for through a public/private partnership with the city, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the FTA and Municipal Services Group. The ADA-compliant trolleys seat 27 passengers and are equipped with a Cummins ISB engine and an Allison B300 transmission. Other features include a Q’Straint wheelchair tie-down system, video surveillance and an annunciator system. The annunciator system has four prerecorded announcements informing passengers of historical facts about various destinations and attractions on the route. The trolleys will replace small shuttle buses that began service in 1992 as a way to relieve congestion in the area. Service on the nearly 3-mile route, known as The WAVE (Waterfront Area Visitor Express), transports passengers to various local attractions, including Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and downtown. The free service, which operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day, has an average ridership of 100,000 during the season. However, since the launch of the new trolleys, ridership on the WAVE has already surpassed expectations, with 36,264 riders in June, a 50% increase over 2003. “The trolleys have proven very popular with visitors and locals alike,” said Lichtanski, “and they provide an early 1900s old Monterey ambience.”

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Amtrak names new president/CEO

To ensure a smooth transition, Richard Anderson will serve in a co-CEO capacity with current CEO Wick Moorman through Dec. 31, 2017, at which time Moorman will become an advisor to the company.

Toronto Transit Commission wins APTA's top transit agency award

Named Outstanding Public Transportation System for 2017, the TTC last won the award in 1986.

Lhota named chairman of N.Y. MTA

Lhota previously served as the chairman of the board and CEO of the MTA.

Stantec to aquire RNL Design

Large-scale projects in the RNL’s portfolio include the Research Support Facility at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo. — the first Net Zero Energy project of its kind.

Minn. Metro Transit shutting down part of light rail system for 11 days

Maintenance project includes replacing sections of tracks, upgrading switches, and repairing concrete and overhead wires.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close