Once again the Southern Rhode Island Trolley is showing tourists where to shop in South Kingstown and what beaches to swim at in Narragansett, helping local businesses get a boost. This year, however, the South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce added a second trolley to the service to help boost the local economy.
Last year, the South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce supported the launching of the Southern Rhode Island Trolley, LLC. Since its debut in the 2010 Memorial Day Parade, the trolley provided free ridership to local residents and visitors in the two communities, establishing a link between local beaches and merchants. This trolley was funded solely by advertising dollars from local business. According to the Chamber, it became South County’s rolling billboard.
“It helps move people from the hotels to the business district of South Kingstown and the beaches of Narragansett,” Joseph Iacoi, Executive Director of the South Kingstown Chamber said. “The theme is the business district of South Kingstown and the beach area of Narragansett.”
This year, the South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce supported the transfer of a trolley from the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) to the Southern Rhode Island Trolley, LLC. This transfer retired a trolley from RIPTA service and enabled The Southern Rhode Island Trolley, LLC to expand their fleet to two. According to a press release, the property transfer was done for the nominal amount of one dollar. Like its sister trolley, the operation of the new vehicle will be supported by business advertising. The South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce participated in this transfer by buying out the state lease on the trolley’s tires. This lease buyout was fully reimbursed by the Southern Rhode Island Trolley, LLC.
The trolley service this year once again debuted on Memorial Day weekend, which Iacoi said brought success.
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