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Free rides on Santa Clarita’s holiday trolley

Posted: December 18, 2008 6:33 p.m.
Updated: December 19, 2008 4:55 a.m.
 

All around the Santa Clarita Valley, shopping centers are decked out in their seasonal best with colorful decorations and a lot of holiday cheer. If you are looking to jump right into the holiday spirit this year, we encourage you to catch a ride aboard the city's festively decorated trolley to make the rounds at a few Santa Clarita shopping centers, free of charge.

This holiday season the city of Santa Clarita welcomes back the Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley. Aboard the trolley, shoppers can park at one location and bypass holiday traffic while they ride to many others.
During December, the city's trolley is decorated in all of the glitz and sparkle of the season. Treats and holiday music will greet weary shoppers aboard the enclosed, heated trolley, bringing a smile to everyone's face.

The Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley route frequency is every 20 minutes, with pickups in front of Target, Kohl's and in the circular loop near T.G.I. Friday's at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

Seating on the trolley is on a first- come basis.

With an authentic, vintage look and oak and brass features, the nostalgic 1900s-fashioned streetcar trolley is a great way to shop locally. The city's trolley is utilized year 'round as a transportation connection for shopping, special events and more.

This year, public transportation throughout the U.S. experienced its largest quarterly ridership increase in 25 years as more Americans stayed off the roads. During the months of July to September, people across the nation drove 4.6 percent less on the highways and relied on subways, buses, commuter rail and light-rail systems to get them to their destinations.

Locally, the city of Santa Clarita Transit has experienced a similar jump in ridership among its commuter routes to Century City, Warner Center and Los Angeles.

Currently, city transit is evaluating and identifying service changes that will improve the effectiveness and productivity of its commuter routes for its passengers. Even as gas prices drop, people are looking for ways to save money during this difficult economic environment, and public transportation continues to be one of the best investments for our future.

Public transportation vitally contributes to spurring economic development, enhancing global competition, easing traffic congestion, reducing energy consumption, improving air quality, creating jobs and providing Americans with mobility choices, freedom and opportunities.

If you enjoy traveling on the trolley, consider checking out Santa Clarita Transit's other public transportation programs, including the local fixed route and our commuter routes to Los Angeles and the San Fernando and Antelope valleys.

The Holly Jolly Holiday Trolley hours of operation are Dec. 20-23 from noon to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional info, visit www.santa-clarita.com or call (661) 295-6300.

Laurene Weste is a Santa Clarita City Council member. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. "Live from City Hall" is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita.

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