I feel incredibly lucky to live and work in Downtown Memphis. Everyday, instead of hopping in my car to commute to work, I walk to a trolley station. Here are five of my favorite things about the Downtown Memphis Trolley:
There is something so picturesque about the trolleys as they drive down Main Street. Many people don't realize how charming the trolleys are on the inside! For public transportation, they're pretty amazing.
Riding the trolley is incredibly affordable. For only $1.00 you can hop on the "Riverfront" line and ride past all the incredible landmarks that are Downtown. You get amazing views of the Mississippi River, the Pyramid, and the National Civil Rights Museum among many many other things.
For $3.50 you can buy a pass that is good for an entire day. It gives you a chance to do lots of sight seeing and not have to get back in your car.
The kicker is the 6 month pass. I pay $75 for as many rides as I need in a 6 month period. That's 6 months of commuting to work for the price of a tank and a half of gas in my car! It's pretty incredible.
As a regular trolley rider, I've gotten to know a few of the trolley drivers. Pretty much every morning and every afternoon I have the same trolley driver. One morning I was running late. I was about a block away from my trolley station as the trolley drove by. My regular driver saw me coming and waited for me!! How nice is that?!
Not only are the drivers incredibly kind to us commuters, they are also extremely helpful with tourists and visitors. Many drivers will announce the landmarks near the stations they're stopping at and they're also always willing to give directions or help people find the right trolley stop.
Typically, you don't have to wait more than ten minutes for a trolley. They're a great source of transportation for us commuters, but they're also great for going out on the weekend. While the trolleys don't run all night, the Main Street line runs until midnight on Saturdays.
This one might be my all-time favorite thing about the trolley. When I'm sitting at my desk at work, sometimes I can hear a faint "toot toot" of the trolley whistle. Maybe I'm crazy, but I think it's just the sweetest way for the trolley to announce itself! I especially love when the drivers blow the whistle when children are nearby. The kids love it!
The trolley is one of the many things I love about this city. It makes me sad when I hear of people who live Downtown or frequently visit Downtown and don't ride the trolley! It's something special that we have here in Memphis and it's something we should all appreciate. So, if you're ever in Memphis, might I suggest a trolley ride?