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New Trolley Route

It's been about 3 months since the free trolley in Downtown Wilmington changed its route to better serve workers in the north end of downtown. Businesses like PPD have brought in almost 3,000 people. Many workers I spoke to today say the trolleys are just not convenient. So I checked it out for myself. I went to the trolley stop across from the PPD building. There are no signs indicating the area is a wave transit stop, but it is. Angela Bruno, who doesn’t take the trolley often, says, "it seems that people are walking quicker than the trolley's taking them they have a hard time finding the stop to get on and off." I waited 15 minutes for the trolley to pick me up, which is apparently not uncommon. Bruno says, "I've heard that it takes a good extra 15 to 20 minutes just to take the trolley and to walk it takes about 7 or 8 minutes probably." The new transit route is longer than it used to be. It takes passengers past the Isabel Holmes Bridge, down 4th Street; around to Chandlers Warf then back up Front Street. The longer route takes extra time and all of this extra time has people walking to lunch or not leaving the office at all. Business owners say that’s not good for business. Catch restaurant owner, Keith Rhodes says "we expected a really large influx at first but it seems like only trickles of people that come in.” The owner of Dicks Dogs and Burgers, Richard Reamer says "I've heard so many employees say they don't have very long lunch breaks and if the trolley takes an extra 15 minutes to do the big loop around town, they don't have time to mess with it.” The director of Wave Transit says the new route is designed to serve everyone downtown not just the people on the north side. Some business owners just wish the ride were a little bit quicker.

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