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Modern-day ‘trolley’ could bring free shuttle service to downtown Ogden

Posted at 6:29 PM, Apr 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 10:22:34-04

OGDEN, Utah — The Utah Transit Authority’s ready to offer visitors and locals to Ogden a new alternative to get around downtown.

More than 100 years after the first electric trolley came to Ogden, its modern counterparts’ ready to ride on August 12. The trolley is actually a bus modified to look and sound like those in San Francisco.

“This will allow people to come to Ogden for a day, for a visit and see all the major attractions in the downtown area on public transportation,” said UTA's Andres Colman.

From the Ogden Temple, Lindquist Field, to Historic 25th Street and The Junction, the trolley’s appeal is expected to reach beyond regular bus riders.

“It would be fantastic for a lot of older people also and handicapped,” said John Camino, who rides UTA buses daily.

The proposal costs an estimated $270,000, according to UTA, paid for by Proposition 1 approved by Weber County voters in 2015.

“Normally you would have a fare box here but this bus doesn’t,” Colman said while giving FOX 13 a tour of the trolley.

The ride is expected to be free, thanks to a possible partnership with Ogden City.

“I think it would be a good way to get around 25th. I think that would attract a lot of attention to Ogden,” Buck said.

An open house to get public input is scheduled for April 9 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the transit center on 2350 Wall Ave.