Blue Water Area Transit introduced new CNG trolley

July 3, 2019. Blue Water Area Transit (BWAT) introduced a new historic trolley this summer. It is the agency’s 35th season of providing historic trolley tours. Recognized as one of Michigan’s best tourist values, BWAT’s one-hour trolley tour features over 50 local points of interest. Passengers pay a ten-cent fare, which is the same as the first transit passengers paid in 1866.

   BWAT’s new aquamarine trolley runs on eco-friendly compressed natural gas (CNG). It is also fully accessible for elderly and disabled passengers. It was designed and manufactured by Home Town Trolley Company of Crandon, Wisconsin.

   The trolley tour swings by museums, churches, beaches, the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, and other historic landmarks. It travels through the heart of Port Huron and along the riverfront for a panoramic view of the Blue Water Bridges and the Thomas Edison statue and train depot.

Trolley tours run throughout the summer from noon to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, until September 7.  Autumn tours are on Saturdays and will continue from September 9 until October 12.

   The new trolley was purchased with a federal CMAQ grant. The federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program supports projects that contribute air quality improvements and/or provide traffic congestion relief. The Federal Highway Administration funds 80% of CMAQ funds. The Michigan Department of Transportation contributes a 20% local match.