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West Hollywood's Free Weekend Trolley Under Review by City Council

The six-month pilot program with American GTS, the company that owns and operates the trolleys, expires later this month.

"The PickUp," a free late night trolley, is being officially launched in August of 2013. Photo credit: Karen Jordan.
"The PickUp," a free late night trolley, is being officially launched in August of 2013. Photo credit: Karen Jordan.

West Hollywood's free evening trolley "The Pickup," which offers free rides down Santa Monica Boulevard on Friday and Saturday nights, debuted in August and is now up for review by the West Hollywood City Council. 

The six-month pilot program with American GTS, the company that owns and operates the trolleys, expires later this month.

According to Los Angeles Magazine:

On Monday, the city council asked city manager Paul Arevalo to look into continuing The Pickup program on a month-to-month basis while a full analysis of its success is underway. City representative Lisa Marie Belsanti expects the findings to be impressive—between 1,200 and 1,500 boardings have been recorded per weekend, “much more” than was originally expected.

Do you use the trolly? Do you want it to become a regular feature in Weho on weekends? Tell us in the comments. 


George December 07, 2013 at 06:46 PM
I see a few people taking the trolley but honestly people need the exercise. Walking is the best exercise! The trolley is a huge waste of city $$$. That money can be put to good use for helping the homeless or sick children. West Hollywood loves to piss away money on complete nonsense.
Nicholas Rufus Clemente Fascitelli December 07, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Strongly disagree. Public transportation is never a waste of money. And furthermore, this specific form of public transportation keeps drunk drivers off the road. Hard to help the homeless after they've been hit by a car.
Tyler Bates December 07, 2013 at 09:31 PM
I agree that people need to walk and exercise, but they're too lazy in this city. So the public transportation is the way to go.
George December 07, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Nick, I am an avid bike rider and those trolley are a nuisance to s bike riders as they take up the bike lane often. I can't help but notice VERY few people maybe 4 or 5 are on the trolley on a typical Saturday night. Also, the gays need to STOP the excessive drinking. The few people that actually use the trolley live in West Hollywood. These people can walk a couple of blocks. If they have been drinking the fresh air will sober them up.
John McCormick December 08, 2013 at 05:02 AM
This program needs to be expanded. It's working! Now if they add 7pm start times, adding Thursday and Sunday Fun day from brunch till 8pm. It brings customers to businesses safely, is a very social ride and keeps drunk drivers off the road. I LOVE THE TROLLEY!!!
George December 08, 2013 at 03:23 PM
It is stupid! A huge waste of money which of course means it will continues because the mismanagement of the city funds have always been troublesome since the days when the first mayor of West Hollywood . Yep, she did time in prison for mismanagement of city $$$, stealing etc..... Business as per usual with the city of West Hollywood.

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