Meet the ArtHop Trolley, which makes its debut Thursday night as a new way to get from one location to another at ArtHop, the monthly open house of galleries and studios in the downtown and Tower District neighborhoods. Fresno Arts Council executive director
Lilia Chavez writes:
The Trolley will move in a continuous loop along Fulton and Van Ness Avenues, between downtown and the Tower District, from near Railroad Avenue on the south to Olive Avenue on the north. Its route is expected to include the Fulton Mall. For this inaugural evening Trolley rides are free; starting in June riders will pay a nominal fee of just $1.00.
The Trolley will make numerous stops along the way between downtown and the Tower District, at locations that will allow passengers to get off, wander through nearby art galleries, and hop on again for a return run. This will be a park and ride opportunity,
with one of many stops occurring at the Water Tower on Fresno Street downtown where
there is plenty of parking, and another convenient stop in the Tower District at Van Ness
and Olive Avenues.
Sounds like an interesting idea, although if the service doesn’t start until 6, I’m not sure how much time that gives for gallery hopping — especially if you miss the trolley and have to wait for the next circuit. And if there are “many stops” and just one Trolley, I wonder how long it will take to make that circuit. I’m curious to hear how this experiment works.