The City of Scottsdale’s free trolley service hit the street for the first time in three months this month after being shut down due the coronavirus pandemic.
The city suspended the trolley service at the end of March to comply with social distancing guidelines put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19.
City Manager Jim Thompson told the City Council that the temporary shutdown would save the city $1.4 million during budget discussions in April.
The city started a phased return of the service on Aug. 3, reopening three routes from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with service every 20 minutes.
The first phase of reopening includes the 68th Street and Camelback route, Miller and Hayden Roads route and the Mustang route.
The Old Town trolley route will remain suspended until further notice.
The 68th Street and Camelback route runs between Scottsdale Community College and the Granite Reef Senior Center in southern Scottsdale and connects with the Miller and Hayden Roads route.
The Miller and Hayden Roads route runs from the Granite Reef Senior Center to the Mustang Transit Center located just east of Loop 101 and Shea Boulevard in the Scottsdale Fiesta Shopping Center.
The Mustang route runs between the transit center and a trolley stop near Hayden Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in the Scottsdale Airpark.
The city has put a number of safety measures in place to maintain social distancing and combat the spread of COVID-19, including requiring face masks and asking riders to stay six feet apart.
Trolleys will also be limited to 50 percent capacity, meaning each trolley will be able to accommodate 10 to 15 passengers at a time, depending on the size of the trolley.
Riders will also be required to enter through the rear door only as the standing area behind the driver is currently blocked off.
The city is asking that riders wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after riding, stay home when sick and limit ridership to critical trips.
According to the city, the trolleys will be cleaned at least twice a day during shift changes and at the end of the day. They will also be cleaned when empty during a layover.