Sandy Transit's new shopping shuttle is here, and it was dressed to impress in red and gold just in time for the Sandy Mountain Festival parade last Thursday.
Transit Director Andi Howell is excited for the trolley-style bus to make appearances in many other community events in the future, and to simply serve its main purpose: to transport people to Sandy businesses at no cost.
"It looks like a trolley," Howell said. "It has beautiful wooden trolley seats with wrought iron, but it is a bus."
She sees the trolley being prime transportation for hometown staples like the Christmas Tree Lighting, and for upcoming events like the city's The Big Eclipse event to take place on Aug. 21, in Sandy Bluff Park.
"Any time we can try to give the people of Sandy an experience, while also pulling some of the traffic off of the (main) streets, we'll use it," Howell noted.
Not only is the trolley a service for the people of Sandy, but it was made possible by many people around Sandy.
The trolley was a state-funded venture, partially thanks to Joseph Lowe, a Sandy resident who sat on the committee in charge of designating funds to Oregon public transportation entities.
"He was instrumental in getting Sandy that trolley," Howell said.
Since the grant was awarded, another local has taken Lowe's place, Carin Topliff, who will serve as the Clackamas County representative of area transportation needs.
The shopping shuttle will operate from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and leave the Fred Meyer store parking lot at 16625 S.E. 362nd Drive, every 30 minutes. It is ADA compliant, accessible for all, and it can transport up to 24 shoppers at a time, including two people in wheelchairs.
"Everyone that's seen it has been blown away," Howell added. "It provides that added touch of class to a shopping trip. I really hope that Sandy residents enjoy it. I hope it makes taking a bus or riding a bus more of an experience to enjoy."
For more information, visit the Sandy Transit website at www.ci.sandy.or.us/transit.