Trolley service resumes in City of Greenville with redesigned route network
After a pause in service due to COVID-19, Greenlink has resumed its trolley service in the City of Greenville with a redesigned trolley route network.
Under the new plan, Greenlink will operate four routes of its popular red and blue open-air trolleys: North Main Route and South Main Route, which will operate year-round; and the seasonal Attractions Route and West End Route, which will operate April through September.
The North Main Route and South Main Route will operate on Thursday and Friday from 6 to 11 p.m.; on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m.
The Attractions Route, which connects the Greenville Zoo to Heritage Green, will operate on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m.
The West End Route, which connects South Main Street to the Village of West Greenville, will operate on Thursday and Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. and on Saturday from 5:30 to 11 p.m.
All trolley routes originate at the Greenlink Transit Center at 100 West McBee Avenue in downtown Greenville.
Last fall, Greenlink held a series of meetings to get public input on Greenville’s free trolley service. Changes to the trolley routes are the result of requests for more frequent service, a focus on connecting popular destinations with more parking options and attempts to structure routes around common road closures to provide more consistent service for customers.
According to Greenlink Public Transit Director James Keel, the new routes are shorter, which means shorter wait times for customers.
“We’re installing new trolley stop signs, which display unique stop numbers assigned to each location,” Keel said. “Customers will be able to use the stop IDs to see real-time arrival predictions on the FindGreenlink app or use the call or text features to see the exact time the trolley will arrive at their stop.”
Owned and operated by Greenlink, the downtown trolleys are the result of a public-private partnership between Greenlink, the City of Greenville, SC and The Greenville Drive. The trolleys offer a vintage look and feel, complete with a cow catcher on the front and wooden bench seats inside. Fare-free trolleys are wheelchair accessible and are equipped with bicycle racks.