Gatlinburg rolls out summer trolley service

Jun. 07, 2013 @ 11:34 PM

Summer visitors and Gatlinburg residents will once again have the option of using the city's free trolley service on the Parkway during peak season.

"We are fortunate that Gatlinburg is a pedestrian-friendly city," said Marci Claude, Public Relations Manager for the Convention Center and Visitor's Bureau. "We are also fortunate to have a trolley system that accommodates our visitors. It alleviates some of the pressure of traffic during heavy times."

The free route will span the length of the Parkway, beginning at traffic light number one and ending at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, stoplight number 10.

The open-air trolleys are handicap accessible and may be boarded at several designated locations. They will operate from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 14-Aug. 17.

The system was developed in 1980 with six trolleys. Over the years it has expanded to more than 20 and covers more than 50 miles of trolley routes. Used by approximately 800,000 patrons per year, it is the fifth-largest mass transit system in the state.

A $2 pass gets riders unlimited, all-day access to all trolley routes, including the red, blue, purple, yellow, and blue routes.

Passes may be purchased at City welcome centers, City Hall, the Mass Transit Center, and at a number of Gatlinburg lodging faciilities.

For more information about the Gatlinburg Mass Transit System, visit www.gatlinburgtrolley.org, or call the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-588-1817. n

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