When I traveled to San Francisco earlier this year, I had the opportunity to ride up and down the hills of town on their world-famous trolley. We had a blast and saw the city from a whole new perspective that can only come by way of a cable car.
Little did I know that, within a short time, a classic trolley would be traveling our streets, and we would all have the opportunity to do the same thing right here in good ol’ Gig Harbor.
Since its inception July 9, more than 18,000 people have ridden the Pierce Transit Get Around Gig Harbor Trolley. Amazing!
The trolley has been a way to connect the many neighborhoods of town. It brings people downtown who may not otherwise come to explore the more than 20 restaurants, six pet stores, many independently owned book stores, clothing stores and art galleries.
The trolley also takes riders to the bustling west side of town to find groceries, fast food, the beautiful shops of Uptown and the surrounding area.
A round trip from downtown to Uptown appeals to both locals and visitors alike as it stops mid-way to visit the Harbor History Museum and the shops of the Finholm District.
Riders also may disembark the trolley to enjoy the view from the beautiful Bogue Viewing Platform. Our hotels visitors have expressed how much they enjoy the ability to explore our town without a car, just as you can in San Francisco, seeing everything we have to offer.
Let’s keep it going.
The Pierce Transit Get Around Gig Harbor Trolley will continue through Sept. 28. As a community, we have supported this program, and its ridership has exceeded expectations each week.
With summer winding down, I would like to encourage all of you to continue to ride the trolley and to encourage visitors to hop on. And if you haven’t yet, take a ride. See your town from a new perspective.
Let’s keep it going and show Pierce Transit we can support this on an annual basis. And if that isn’t reason enough, participate in the Trolley Hop Drawing, because you may win a prize.
The Pierce Transit Get Around Gig Harbor Trolley marketing group, a collaboration between the City of Gig Harbor, the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Pierce Transit, the Downtown Waterfront Alliance and Uptown Gig Harbor, is encouraging people to participate in the drawing Sept. 14-28. Grab an entry form onboard and drop it off at one of the businesses listed on the form for your chance to win an iPad.
The event will end at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Farmers’ Market at Uptown, where the winner will be drawn. You may enter as many times as you ride the trolley.Karen Scott is the marketing director for the City of Gig Harbor. She can be reached at email@example.com. For more information, visit www.gigharborguide.com.