As the city of Greenville gets ready to order two new trolleys, the process of deciding where they will go is underway.
The Greenville Transit Authority development committee is drafting route criteria for the trolleys, said Matt Efird, interim director of transportation for Greenlink. The actual routes should be determined by February or March with service beginning in May, he said.
Trolleys have been fixtures downtown since 2006 when the Greenville Drive bought two to shuttle fans from County Square to Fluor Field for home games. On nights with no game, the trolleys went up and down Main Street, carrying passengers from one end of downtown to the other, fare free.
The trolleys operate year-round on Thursdays and Fridays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The downtown trolleys make a continuous loop from the West End to the Colonel Elias Earle Historic District in the North Main area and pick people up at one of the 20 stops along the route.
The new trolleys will double the city’s trolley fleet and allow the city to expand service to neighborhoods near downtown. Although the routes are yet to be determined, talk has centered around the Alta Vista neighborhood, which is bordered by Augusta Street, East Faris Road, Cleveland Street, Southland Avenue and Tindal Avenue; other areas of Augusta Street, West Greenville, Stone Avenue and further up North Main Street.
Efird said the city expects to get responses to a request for proposals in a week. The city should pick a vendor and place the trolley order by the end of October, he said.