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Trolley Service Now Open in the Village

Crossing over to the west side of Indian Hill Boulevard to take advantage of the shops, restaurants and entertainment of the Village West is now a little bit easier with Claremont’s new trolley service, which offers free rides Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The service, which had its grand opening yesterday, isn’t really a trolley, but rather small bus outfitted to look like a traditional trolley. The trolley makes a counterclockwise 1.5-mile loop through the Village, stopping at four locations approximately every 15 minutes.

The closest stops to Pomona College are the Metrolink parking lot at College Avenue and First Street, and the following stop at Bonita Avenue and Yale Ave., The other two stops are Oberlin Avenue at Second Street in the Village West, and the Claremont Depot. A map is available here.

By making the currently out-of-the-way Metrolink parking lot a trolley stop, officials hope to encourage visitors and Village employees to park farther away, easing congestion in the Village, as well as making it easier for east-side parkers to visit the west side of the Village. The service is on a three-year trial basis and is funded by L.A. County transit funds.