Trolleys, Transit and Tourists, Oh My!

Tack this onto the downtown transportation spark the Atlanta Tourist Loop has brought: Toohey’s Trolleys. (Might wanna avoid that page though — it’s pretty sparse.)

The trolleys made a quiet roll out last weekend with two lines which will shuttle visitors from the Georgia Aquarium to Underground Atlanta for $1.50 each way. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, founder Tom Toohey plans to expand the current three-unit line to create a 2.5 mile route with stops at 15 hotels, 40 bars and Downtown restaurants and attractions. Oh, and there’s more.

Not to be outdone by the overnight emergence of two downtown shuttles, CAP/ADID is raising $1.5 million to help create its own trolley ststem named DASH (Downtown Atlanta SHuttle) which would be free for riders. CAP/ADID has actually been aggressively trying to gauge the downtown parking and transit climate this year, including their creation of the Downtown Atlanta Parking Management Traveler Survey and the beginning of a Flexcar mobility solution in June.

For the tourists, welcome Connect Atlanta: a pre-paid card allowing discounted admission into several downtown arts and entertainment venues, including the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coke, and many more. The website doesn’t give much in terms of details, though, but you can probably already figure out who’s going to be involved if you think about what’s actually downtown.

Personally, I’m hoping that all these shuttles will play well with MARTA and help provide a seamless mass transit option for both citizens and tourists. Can’t you imagine it? Take LINK from the Airport to your downtown hotel, then take the ATL to Arts Center, then MARTA to Lenox then hop on the Buc to ride around Buckhead.

It would be very nice. Modern, even.

1 Comment so far

  1. Margaret (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 10:52 pm

    Yeah for us!!! We’re finally catching on to the fact that if there’s transit, we’ll use it.

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