If you've ever seen the unmistakably artsy, pastel-colored bus rolling through the heart of town, you've seen the Englewood Trolley. The free service, once known as the Art Shuttle, used to run from …
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If you've ever seen the unmistakably artsy, pastel-colored bus rolling through the heart of town, you've seen the Englewood Trolley.
The free service, once known as the Art Shuttle, used to run from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. — it now rolls through 8 p.m. The trolley arrives about every 20 minutes at 19 stops starting at the Englewood Civic Center — where city offices and the library sit — and takes riders to places like Walmart, King Soopers, the downtown block of South Broadway, the Malley Senior Recreation Center, and Craig Hospital and Swedish Medical Center. The civic center stop is a stone's throw from the RTD Englewood light rail station. The trolley runs Monday through Friday, the same days as before.
The expansion of hours comes as the city tries to foster more activity in the corridor between city hall and the medical district, covering Englewood's commercial core. A more accessible schedule for businesses on Broadway and employees in the hospital area is part of the effort, according to Dan Poremba, Englewood's chief redevelopment officer.
But the trolley also functions as a constant, mobile slice of life in Englewood: Mothers with children, grocery shoppers, medical employees, hospital patients and workers at the Brookdale Meridian senior living facility all take the route, said Rolando De Souza, a trolley driver.
“I enjoy working right here — people know me,” said De Souza, 66, who immigrated from Peru in 1981. He sees many familiar faces on the bus — on a brisk afternoon, some knew him by name, one giving him a fist bump.
He didn't miss the chance to give a lollipop to a small girl exiting with her parent.
Rick Kible, 60, who rides the bus daily, said there's no comparable service in the Denver metro area. Kible is homeless and said he's on monthly disability support, and the bus is “a huge” resource for him.
“The drivers, the reliability, the frequency of the runs,” said Kible, who has used the Trolley for about four years. “You can't beat that.”
The trolley program is a partnership between the City of Englewood and RTD, and passengers may only ride for one loop of the route per ride, De Souza said. For more information, call 303-762-2342.
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