Wilmington’s Free Downtown Trolley
A Revised Trolley Route
In June 2018, Wave Transit concluded their five-year Short Range Transit Plan. As part of the year long study, a comprehensive analysis of the Downtown Trolley Program was conducted. The plan included an extensive public engagement component in which feedback from the community regarding the Downtown Trolley Program was secured. During this process, the Downtown Trolley Focus Group, which consists of officials and representatives from the City of Wilmington, Wilmington Downtown Inc., Downtown Business Alliance, the Arts Council, and downtown business and economic groups, was convened to oversee this component of the study.
The Short Range Transit Plan concluded with recommendations for a revised Downtown Trolley Program. In 2018, two route alignments for the Downtown Trolley were piloted to the community. Both alignments reflected coverage beyond the Central Business District to surrounding districts. Increased coverage and connectivity between the five (5) downtown districts, Central Business District, North Waterfront, Brooklyn Arts, Castle Street and South Front, was a priority as expressed by the public and the Downtown Trolley Focus Group through our planning effort. The pilot route received most favorably was launched on October 15, 2018 as the permanent Downtown Trolley route. For a map of the new route, please click on the link below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the free downtown trolley go?
The free trolley is an easy and convenient way to get around downtown Wilmington and the surrounding districts. On October 15, 2018, the trolley route was revised to increase connectivity between the five (5) districts, Central Business, North Waterfront, Brooklyn Arts, Castle Street and South Front, in downtown Wilmington. Please refer to our downtown trolley route page for a copy of the revised schedule.
How do I get on?
The easiest way to catch the trolley is to look for our trolley stop signs. As part of the revised Downtown Trolley Program, Wave Transit is in the process of upgrading the signage at each designated trolley stop. The permanent signage will reflect the program’s revised name and branding. Improved signage is coming summer 2019. If you are unable to locate a sign, you can board the trolley at any intersection or by waving to the driver. For safety purposes, Wave Transit encourages passengers to board at intersections or at stops designated by a sidewalk medallion or sign, but with slower moving traffic, especially on Front Street.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge to ride the trolley, and operators are prohibited from accepting gratuities.
How do I get off the free downtown trolley?
Simply let the driver know where you’d like to get off the trolley. Disembarking at intersections is recommended.
When does free downtown trolley service run?
The free trolley runs seven days a week, with the exception of the following holidays: New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Easter; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving; & Christmas. Service runs Monday – Friday from 7:10 am to 8:30 pm, on Saturdays from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm, and Sundays from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Frequency of the trolley is approximately every forty minutes. Please refer to the schedule page for an exact schedule.
What are the rules and regulations for riding the free downtown trolley?
The same regulations apply for the trolley as they do for the buses and shuttles.