Blue Water Area Transit, the passenger services provider for the city of Port Huron and surrounds, has introduced a unique Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered trolley this summer. It was designed and manufactured by Home Town Trolley Company of Crandon, Wisconsin, and is fully accessible for elderly and disabled passengers.
The new trolley was purchased with a federal CMAQ grant. The federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) 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.
This 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. The trolley tour’s ten-cent fare is made possible by a group of local sponsors.