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Del Ray Trolley Service Will Be on Display in May

Alexandria city staff will demonstrate motorized trolley on Mt. Vernon Avenue at premier First Thursday of 2012.

Del Ray Trolley Service Will Be on Display in May

Del Ray trolley service will be showcased at the May 3 First Thursday street festival.

Del Ray Business Association President Maria Wasowski said Monday the city has “made a commitment to bring the trolley to Del Ray” and that the First Thursday festival will offer the first demonstration of the motorized trolley along Mt. Vernon Avenue.

“Within a month after that, we will start hammering out regular service,” Wasowski said the DRBA luncheon at .

Wasowski said she believed regular trolley service would run Wednesday through Saturday. Final routes have yet to be determined, she said.

In November, Abi Lerner of the city’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services said staff was for the expanded service—three in Del Ray and one in Carlyle.

City Council “is likely to give the recommendation to expand to Del Ray and not Carlyle,” Lerner said.

Lerner said the service hours of the expanded routes would be about the same as the King Street trolley, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. from King Street Metro station to the waterfront. The feasibility of expanding service hours of the new routes might be examined at a later date.

The city has allocated about $510,000 to spend on geographic expansion of the trolley for fiscal year 2012, Lerner said in November.

with American Reinvestment and Recovery Act stimulus funds. The new trolleys will go into service in April when the Alexandria Transit Company takes over operations from Martz, the current contractor.

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