King Street Trolley will run 365 days a year, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Welcome aboard! Following an extended hiatus amid the pandemic, King Street Trolley is officially back in business. Last week, the City of Alexandria and Driving Alexandria Safely Home (DASH) revealed the free trolley service would resume operations on Monday, July 5—almost two years after its closure due to COVID-19.

During its time out of commission, the trolley adjusted some of its features to make the riding experience more convenient for all passengers.

According to the city, here are the changes to expect moving forward:

  • The trolley will have year-round service and run daily between the hours of 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., every 15 minutes. This will include holiday service.
  • The trolley will operate from King Street Metro Rail Station to Alexandria City Hall's Market Square.
  • The southeast corner of Market Square on Fairfax Street will have a trolley stop for passengers at the Potomac River Waterfront.
  • Traffic closures on King Street's 100 block mean no service will be offered at Union and Lee Streets.

Safety precautions will also continue to be enforced on the trolley, including mask-wearing and plexiglass barriers for drivers. The trolley will also have masks on hand for riders who don't have one. Wheelchair ramps and bike racks will remain available, as always.

The trolley, which has served 9 million riders over the last 13 years, is a welcome sight in Alexandria's Old Town. Operating on a hop-on, hop-off basis, locals and tourists alike rely on it for exploring the historic main street's shops, sights, and other charms. The fact that it's environmentally friendly and free of charge makes it an ideal option for public transit anytime, anywhere. Plus, it comes just in time for the summer season!

Are you ready to ride? For more information, you can visit DASH's website.

Are you looking forward to the King Street Trolley's return? How do you feel about the changes? Share your thoughts in the comments.