All Aboard! (Soft) Launch Date Friday May 4th!
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (May 1, 2018) – This is a dream come true for Franklin Street Events Association founder Amy Word-Smith. One of the first projects discussed with the 2012 board was a trolley that would connect the then newly revitalized street. Put on the back burner, it was brought back to life the winter of 2017, when then-interim president for the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville (GAGE), Thom Endress contacted Word-Smith with an idea to connect Franklin Street, Main Street, Haynie’s Corner, and the Waterfront District.
Funded through a community crowdsourcing grant headed, by the Franklin Street Events Association and the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, nearly $60,000 was raised to purchase the trolley, affectionately referred to as TED (Trolley of Evansville Districts). TED arrived in February, and he is getting ready for his big debut this weekend, with a new vinyl wrap job from Signarama Evansville, sponsored by Lefler Collision and Glass.
The TED route stops, and live-time geo-tracking is available on the DoubleMap App. This technology is currently utilized with METS and will be a large component of TED. With live time tracking, patrons shopping, dining, and enjoying the districts will be able to know exactly when TED will be at their destination.
Yearly passes may be purchased for $25 at Lamasco Bar and Grill, and more locations for the passes will be available soon. All information can be found on the Facebook page, TED: Trolley of Evansville Districts. Without a pass, single rides are also available for $1 each way. TED is free to ride on Saturday day, and will eventually connect the two large playgrounds, Mickey’s Kingdom on the riverfront, and Stop Light City off West Franklin.
Andrea Sinnett, President of Franklin Street Events Association and member of the TED team is thrilled about this weekend’s launch. “TED has truly been a community project. The Franklin Street Events Association is honored to facilitate this project for Evansville. We look forward to many years and fantastic memories on our new trolley!”
“We’re excited for residents and visitors to have an exciting new way to experience the blossoming cultural districts in town,” said Growth Alliance Marketing Manager, Abby Elpers. “More than just a trolley, TED is a connectivity project that we hope will create economic opportunity, improve the quality of life and spur business activity and job creation within the districts.”
Saturday: 11am-5pm (FREE rides) and 6pm-1am