Aldergrove Trolley Company driver Graham Norris delivered the local transit system's first passengers on Saturday morning

Aldergrove trolley service suspended

The Aldergrove Trolley Company suspended service to this community on Monday, August 26.

The Aldergrove Trolley Company suspended service to this community on Monday, August 26.

“We’re not giving up, we will revive it once we have a stronger plan and improved finances in place,” said Lynne Vanlaarhoven, spokesperson for the trolley company’s board of directors.

The trolley service in this community had been operating for the past three months, offering both a south route and a north route from downtown Aldergrove.

Vanlaarhoven said the south route, to Zero Avenue and back to Aldergrove, never really caught on. There were five trips daily, Monday to Friday, and the grand total of riders rarely exceeded 20 per day.

On the other hand, the north route to Gloucester Industrial Estates and back to Aldergrove, had seen steady and consistent growth in ridership. There were eight trips daily, four in the early morning and four in the evening, to accommodate shift workers at Gloucester.

“There were definitely way more people using the north route, and many people were getting jobs there because of the trolley service,” said Vanlaarhoven. “In the last couple of weeks we were getting 100 riders a day on the north route, while the south route was very low ridership, no way close to paying for that service.

“It’s the saddest thing to have to suspend the service but the board will be seeking income from grants and the community to bring it back as soon as possible. However, we will probably be reducing our scope to just the north service to Gloucester,” said Vanlaarhoven.

While the seven directors on the trolley company’s board are all volunteers, the two trolley drivers are paid staff. There are also the costs of leasing and fueling the trolley, provided by Vancouver Trolley. Vanlaarhoven noted that “Vancouver Trolley has been outstanding in its support of the Aldergrove Trolley effort.”

Aldergrove Trolley Company had also hoped for more charter bookings on the weekends, for such events as weddings and farm tours, but there has not been much interest.

“We need more commitment of financial support from the community — we knew that ridership alone would not pay for the service, to start out with, at least — but we also need more ridership,” said Vanlaarhoven.

Just Posted

Langley affordable housing projects get provincial money

Community Housing Fund money to build 191 homes for families, seniors and people with disabilities

Abbotsford murder victim identified as Jagvir Malhi

Police say killing linked to Lower Mainland gang conflict

Langley driver victorious at California

Fifth win in GT3-class SCCA National Championship Runoffs for Collin Jackson

BC Ferries passengers wait to leave Vancouver Island after Remembrance Day

Traffic aboard BC Ferries slows after Remembrance Day long weekend

One person sent to hospital after incident at Langley gas station

Police observed retrieving what appeared to be an exacto knife

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Kuhnhackl scores 2 odd goals as Isles dump Canucks 5-2

Vancouver drops second game in two nights

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Most Read