With less than a month to launch time, Belleville is looking for partners in its Historical Trolley Bus Service.
The trolley buses will service the city’s key areas of interest, particularly for tourists, but will also access the waterfront where the regular transit system doesn’t run.
Two regular transit buses are being wrapped to resemble historical trolley buses.
City Tourism assistant Elisha Purchase says “Hotels are a big part of this.”
Purchase says Bay of Quinte Tourism and RTO-9, including the St. Lawrence River, Rideau Canal, Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario, are partnering with the city on the project.
Sponsors and corporate partners will be provided distinctive historically-themed printed tickets to issue to customers and passengers. Hotels and partners will be serviced directly when possible.
Purchase says, “Passengers who board the bus and do not have the themed ticket will be charged a fee of $2.50 per person, the regular charge, to ride the service.”
The specially-wrapped buses will run from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., June 1 to September 2, on a 50-minute round trip.
The historical trolley project has a budget of $31,550.
The buses will continue to be wrapped throughout the year and will be used for regular service, park and ride shuttles, and other promotional events and charters, providing sponsors with year-round daily promotion.