Aldergrove trolley service coming

Trolley service within the Aldergrove area could begin by January.

When a trolley purchased by the Aldergrove Trolley Company Society was deemed unusable for service, the organization decided to get creative.

The bright red historical vehicle will be stripped down and cut up into nine unique bus shelters for the new trolley transit line in Aldergrove.

With the final preparations for the project now being made, trolley services could begin as soon as January,  Dave Miller, executive director of the Aldergrove Trolley Company, told Township council Nov. 19.

The new bus route has been drafted and bus stop locations are still being decided, he said.

The trolley system will be divided into a northern route and a southern route, both beginning and ending at Extra Foods on 272 Street. The northern route will go along 32 Avenue to 264 Street and up to Gloucester Estates, where it will circle around and come back down 272 Street to Extra Foods.

The southern route will proceed down 272 Street to Pioneer Park, out to zero Avenue and up 248 Street to Fraser Highway. The bus will then go to Save-On Foods, downtown Aldergrove and Safeway before coming back to Extra Foods.

Discussions with local businesses are ongoing to determine where exact bus stops will be located, but approximate locations include the Greater Vancouver Zoo, Freybe Gourmet Foods, Otter Co-op, Save-On Foods and Safeway.

With TransLink already on board, the organization intends to apply for a business licence in the new year and start operations shortly after.

For more information, visit www.aldergrovetrolleycompany.ca.

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