Thursday, March 12, 2009

Have You Heard About the New Western Flyer Trolley?

It's been almost a month since Virginia Regional Transit (VRT) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Western Flyer Trolley at the Town Hall in Purcellville.

Virginia Regional Transit joined the towns of Purcellville and Lovettsville to provide new service that will run Monday through Friday for 8 hours a day, with morning and afternoon connections to the Brunswick Train Station. Plans also include free transfers to the Purcellville Connector, which will allow passengers medical access to INOVA Hospital and links to other VRT services.

This new service is funded by Lovettsville and Purcellville and also matching funds through the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration.

The service will further integrate rural access to the 7 to 7 service which can connect residents with Dulles Airport and points east as well as frequent connections to the Marc train service in Brunswick, Md.

Providing mobility options for citizens of Loudoun County, particularly those west of Leesburg, will assist in enhancing the economic environment in these rural areas.

VRT will be using a nostalgic trolley which was constructed by cable car concepts from Cape May, New Jersey. The trolley will hold up to 20 passengers and is complete with handle rails, grip rails, globes and wooden seats. The fares on the new service will be $.50 cents.

Questions regarding the new trolley service should be directed to Michael Socha, Virginia Regional Transit General Manager, at 540-338-1610.

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