Emerald City Trolley debuts today

Have you seen the new green trolley cruising around Ballard lately? It’s called the Emerald City Trolley, and it officially debuts today as a hop-on, hop-off tour service around Seattle.

While its service is mostly centered in downtown Seattle, the “Gem” has been seen cruising out to the Locks in Ballard. They’ll be exploring plenty of other neighborhoods in the trolley as well, boosting tourism outside of the downtown core. Emerald City Trolley CEO and founder Howard Wright says the hop-on, hop-off feature will allow tourists to check out the city in new ways, as they have the zoo, Fremont Troll and Ballard Locks on their list of stops. The line that serves our area is the North Blue Route, which will visit the EMP at the Seattle Center, the zoo, Fremont, Ballard and the Locks.

The tickets are only available in two- or three-day passes (with additional days available for purchase) that will allow access to all three of the tour lines. A two-day pass costs $45 and three-day passes are $60 (additional days are $15). There are family passes available for two adults and up to three youths at $110. Tickets can be bought on the trolley at any stop, and at their retail location at 2nd and Pike in downtown Seattle or online.

The trolley starts rolling today, and will be in service until Sept. 29.

Photo courtesy Emerald City Trolley

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