Trolley fares waived for rest of season

KILMARNOCK—The Lancaster by the Bay Chamber and Bay Aging have executed an agreement to eliminate fares on the Kilmarnock-Irvington-White Stone Triangle Trolley during the Labor Day weekend.

With support from the chamber and others, rides on the Triangle Trolley will be free for the remainder of the 2019 season, which concludes on October 5.

While fares have historically been 50 cents per ride, this support of the trolley will mean unlimited free rides beginning Friday, August 30.

The Triangle Trolley operates 4-10 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, making 17 stops at shops, restaurants, hotels, parks and other attractions in Kilmarnock, Irvington and White Stone. The trolley’s operating schedule will be expanded for the Labor Day holidays to include Sunday service from 1-5 p.m.

“We are thrilled to help offer free rides on the Triangle Trolley,” said chamber executive director Anne Paparella. “The trolley allows residents and visitors to safely get around town and enjoy the many amenities and events offered in our beautiful area.”

Ken Pollock, director of Bay Aging’s Bay Transit division, was equally excited with the chamber’s support of the trolley.

“Bay Transit takes safety and customer service very seriously and eliminating fare collection will help the trolley to better adhere with its schedule,” said Pollock.

“Riders already love the trolley and offering free rides makes the service even more attractive,” he continued. “We are also planning some giveaways to random riders on the trolley during the Labor Day weekend so it’s a great time to ride on the Triangle Trolley.”

Since 1996, Bay Transit has provided public transportation services throughout the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and New Kent and Charles City counties. Bay Transit provided 138,504 safe, reliable and affordable rides last year.

While four in 10 Bay Transit riders are commuting to work, riders also depend on Bay Transit to access health care services, education, shopping and dining and recreation.