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Salisbury's Trolley Connects People to Downtown

 SALISBURY, Md.- The City of Salisbury, Shore Transit, and Salisbury University are introducing a new transportation service that will shuttle people to some of the local attractions.

The “Downtown Salisbury Trolley” will run from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Fare is $1 per ride. It is open to students and the public. Its first stop is in front of the Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University. It then travels to University Park, University Village, Evolution Public House, downtown, Brew River restaurant and bar and back to the University.

Eddie Russo, a Salisbury University sophomore, said he plans on taking advantage of the trolley. “I'm really interested in going downtown and exploring the area, I've only been there like once.”

Russo has a car, but has to park it in a far lot on East Campus. He said when he wants to get somewhere he has to walk.

City Council President Jake Day said the goal of the trolley project is to boost tourism downtown by connecting the 10,000 Salisbury University students to the downtown area. He said while the biggest draw downtown now is restaurants and bars, there will soon be more options for students, such as the Third Friday art and entertainment events as well as a performing arts venue called “Headquarters Live” that is coming to the former Salisbury Fire Department headquarters

Day stressed that it wasn't just about boosting business, but also about safety.

 “When we've had concerns about crimes being committed against students, it's usually in their walk from downtown bars and restaurants home,” Day said. “They tend to walk in bars or by themselves and end up being easy targets because they're drunk and they're walking.”

Salisbury University students agree that the trolley will be a safe alternative to drinking and driving.

"I think it's a safe route. Especially since it goes until 2 in the morning. I mean we all know what people do at that hour, “ said Sarah McCullough, a Salisbury University sophomore.

Senior Meghan McNulty said she will take advantage of the trolley to try out some of the downtown restaurants, but said she did have some concerns.

“My only reservation would be being on the bus with strangers instead of just students,” said McNulty.

Shore Transit director Brad Bellacicco said if things were to get rowdy on the bus, drivers follow a protocol that involves calling the police and letting the police department handle the situation.

The Downtown Salisbury Trolley Project has been partially funded by a $50,000 grant from the Maryland transit.

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