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Friday, 26 July 2013 09:28

CDTA to Offer Free Ride Day on Saratoga Summer Trolleys

By Staff Report | News

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), in celebration of Saratoga 150 will be offering a free ride day on the historic summer trolleys in the Spa City on Friday, August 2.

Saratoga trolley service (Route #875) operates Monday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. serving Saratoga Springs landmarks including Saratoga Race Course, City Hall, Congress Park, downtown’s unique shops and restaurants as well as the Gideon Putnam Hotel, the Roosevelt Baths, the Dance Museum and the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The standard $1.50 fare will be waived for the entire day on August 2.

“CDTA remains a key part of historic Saratoga Springs, working to meet the unique needs of this world class city by providing services to hundreds of thousands of visitors annually,” said CDTA Chairman David Stackrow. “The Free Ride Day grants us the opportunity to support the Saratoga 150 community celebration while reducing congestion and introducing service to new riders.”

The nostalgic trolley replica design features wooden slatted seats with cast iron feet, etched windows and brass poles, but is equipped with padded seats and air conditioning. CDTA operators are built-in tour guides regularly pointing out historic landmarks along the route. 

“CDTA again steps up and partners with the city to help promote the success of our community events,” said Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson. “This generous offer will certainly contribute to the maximum enjoyment of this historic resurrection of the Floral Fete.”

Saratoga 150 hosts an entire roster of summertime events. On August 2, Saratoga 150 will feature the “Floral Fete Promenade and Ice Cream Social” to begin at 7:30 p.m. on the corner of North Broadway and Route 50 and continue down Broadway to Congress Park where attendees can enjoy many free activities including free carousel rides and ice cream. 

CDTA Saratoga trolley service began in 1996 at 50 cents per ride. The service operates from Memorial Day through Labor Day each year serving tourists, residents and workers through the summer season making stops at popular Saratoga hot spots and providing affordable and fun tours through the historic district. 

This year CDTA partnered with Live Nation to provide service for select Saratoga Performing Arts Center concerts. For regular $1.50 fare, concert goers can take the trolley between Congress Park and SPAC after the concert, helping to ease traffic flow, and parking issues. The service is scheduled to operate on the following dates/concerts: August 11: Jason Aldean; August 25: Luke Bryan; August 30: John Mayer; and August 31: Zac Brown. 

Anyone needing more information on the Saratoga Visitors Trolley or CDTA services can visit www.cdta.org or contact CDTA’s Customer Service Center at (518) 482-8822. Information Customer Service Representatives are on duty 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. 

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