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psa188 11-18-2005 05:10 PM

Free Historic Trolley Adds to Holiday Season Festivities
 
VTA NEWS
CONTACT: Lupe Solís FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (408) 321-7522 November 15, 2005
Release #11 16
Free Historic Trolley Adds to Holiday Season Festivities

San Jose, Calif.– The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s historic trolleys will be adding to the festive décor of downtown San Jose during the holidays. Service will begin Saturday, Nov. 26, through Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005. The free trolleys will operate approximately every 45 minutes between Civic Center and the Downtown Mall Stations (weather permitting) on Saturdays only from 2:30 pm. to 10 p.m.

The Historic Holiday Trolley service provides a festive way to travel downtown during Christmas in the Park, which is being held at Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose. Take VTA Light Rail or Buses downtown to connect to the service. The closest stop to access the holiday activities is the Paseo de San Antonio Station on First Street.

The historic trolleys were pioneers of modern-day public transportation. When $750 would buy a house and a newspaper cost only five cents, trolleys were state-of-the-art transit. From the late 1880’s to the late 1930’s, electric trolleys
operated in San Jose, Santa Clara and throughout the county—on nearly 130 miles of track at the peak of the era. The birth of bus and automobile travel temporarily brought an end to local trolley service.

The oldest trolley was built in the early 1900’s. Called a “California”-style car because of its open ends and closed center sections, Car 1 features a solid-ash interior and a unique convertible mid-section that has removable sides and windows. This trolley provided service in Sacramento from 1903 to 1906, and in Santa Cruz from 1906 to 1923. Trolleys similar to the Collishaw operated in Santa Clara along The Alameda from 1905 to 1930. Ray and Lyn Collishaw sponsored restoration of the historic trolley in 1985.
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Car 2001 was built in 1928 by Officine Mechaniche Lodigiane in Lodi, Italy and was part of a group of trolley cars numbered 1993-2002. The streetcar ran on the Milan tramway system until the mid-1980’s before it was restored and operated by VTA.

The historic trolleys are also available to rent for special occasions such as weddings, receptions, birthdays, company events, or just for fun. For more information on historic trolley rentals contact Hien Nguyen at hien.nguyen@vta.org or call (408) 321-7519.

For additional information on bus, light rail, and historic trolleys, please contact VTA Customer Service at (408) 321-2300, TDD only (408) 321-2330. You can also visit the VTA website at www.vta.org.

About VTA
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is an independent special district responsible for bus, light rail and paratransit operations; congestion management; specific highway improvement projects; and, countywide transportation planning. As such, VTA is both an accessible transit provider and multi-modal transportation planning organization involved with transit, highways and roadways, bikeways and pedestrian facilities. VTA provides services to cities throughout the county including Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale.

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