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Free trolley service begins Saturday in Bay St. Louis

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

Bay St.Louis city leaders, along with the Coast Transit Authority, announced the start-up of a free trolley service in the Bay. The trolley will begin rolling around town Saturday, July 4th. City leaders say it's a service that will benefit both residents and tourists as it makes a continues loop from Hollywood Casino to Old Town Bay St. Louis every 45 minutes.

"So we're not only looking for visitors to Bay St. Louis to enjoying the trolley and having access to points of interest, but our locals are going to have a tremendous opportunity to catch the trolley and go to the grocery store or Hollywood Casino or to the harbor or to downtown shopping or to restaurants," said Bay Mayor Les Fillingame.

The mayor said perhaps the best thing about it is it's a free trolley service. There are 15 bus stops along the route. Signs around town mark the spots with impromptu stops along the way.

"They're going to operate not only on a designated stop basis, but on a hail system, which actually allows a rider to flag down a bus at any location to get off or on, let's say at any traffic safe location along the route," said Chris Foret with CTA.

Bikers are welcome, too.

"Riders can get to the route on their bike, position their bike in front of the bus, ride along the route, and de-board," explained Foret.

The service will start this Saturday, Independence Day, and will roll Thursday through Saturday from 11am to 10pm, and on Sunday's from 11 am to 5pm. The hope is the passenger service is heavily used. City leaders say they have committed to a six month trial period.

"We're very excited. It will be a very popular and very heavily used service, so we can look at expanding rather than contracting at the end of this trial period," said Fillingame.

The trolley service is being funded by the City of Bay St.Louis, Hollywood Casino, and a federal grant from the Coast Transit Authority.

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