May 22, 2009

Downtown trolley route now includes the Zoo

The Downtown Trolley will begin service the day after Memorial Day, making continuous loops covering Downtown Racine from the zoo on the north to 7th Street on the south and west to City Hall. A temporary detour to 5th Street and Water Street will be used as required by 6th Street construction.

The trolley will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; and 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. There is no trolley service on Monday. The fare is 25 cents per person.

Since the trolley started in 2000, residents, downtown workers, visitors and boat owners have used the shuttle service to get to a variety of destinations, including restaurants, pubs, shops, the art district, the library, museums and now the Racine Zoo.

Brochures containing a route map, a schedule of trolley stops and scheduled Downtown events are available from merchants, the Racine County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at Hwy 20 and I-94, the Downtown Racine Corporation at 425 Main St. and from the Belle Urban System (BUS) Operations Center, at 1900 Kentucky Street, or by calling the BUS at (262) 637-9000.

“The trolley is a fun, open-air, inexpensive adventure for all ages,” says Curtis Garner, executive director of Professional Transit Management of Racine, which manages the trolley and the BUS. “And this year, for the first time, it stops at the entrance to the Racine Zoo.”

Summer trolley service ends Sunday, September 6, the day before Labor Day.


  1. 25 cents? Are you kidding? C'mon at least charge a buck. No wonder this city is going broke.

  2. For all 4 who ride it?

  3. And why haven't you ever ridden it? Sure it's not as cool as San Francisco, but it's still fun...and a lot cheaper than a carnival thrill ride! I hope to take my granddaughter on it one of these nice days. And the cost? Well, I say a bargain is a bargain! Don't knock it. Enjoy it! Try and have a nice day!