Trolley

An Optima Trolley owned by Red Rose Transit Authority in downtown Lancaster.

A trolley bus will continue making loops through downtown Lancaster after a proposal to eliminate the service met with objections.

"A lot of people came out about that," said Red Rose Transit Authority executive director Dave Kilmer. The authority had announced in December that it was thinking about eliminating the service due to low ridership.

Kilmer said several considerations caused the authority to reverse its plans and keep the service, which links Penn Square with the Amtrak station on McGovern Avenue.

Those considerations include the access the service provides to CareerLink and the people who park at Clipper Magazine Stadium and use the shuttle to get to the central business district, he said.

"We decided that we would try to market the services more with input from the Lancaster Alliance and Chamber," Kilmer said.

The trolley costs $1.70 to ride, and its circuit includes the Amtrak station, Penn Square and the park-and-ride lot at Clipper Magazine Stadium. It travels north on Queen Street and south on Prince Street. LNP records show that it started in 2004.

The trolley runs weekdays, with the first trip at 5:20 a.m. and the last one at 5:45 p.m. Its circuit begins at the bus station at 225 N. Queen St.