The City of Scottsdale has 3 free trolley routes transporting Scottsdale residents and visitors around the downtown area, and stopping at many the city’s best attractions.
The Trolley System
The trolley’s in Scottsdale’s Trolley system are easy to spot. They are blue and champagne in color and have vintage detailing with wooden headlights, leather handhold straps, wooden seats and tinted-glass in the windows.
The city has sixteen 22-passenger trolleys. Each one is wheel-chair accessible, air-conditioned, has removable windows for comfort and safety and runs on environmentally friendly bio-diesel fuel.
Best of all, you can hitch a ride for free. (Drivers are not permitted to accept tips.)
Here are the 3 trolley routes:
1. Downtown Trolley
The Downtown Trolley stops in Old Town, the Main Street Arts District, Marshall Way Arts Districts, Fifth Avenue Shops, Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, The Waterfront and SouthBridge.
It’s northern-most stop is Fashion Square Mall and the southern-most stop is 3rd Street. This trolley network covers a small, yet dense area and makes frequent stops.
The Downtown Trolleys run every 15 minutes, Monday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. To accommodate the Thursday night Art Walkers, the Downtown Trolley runs from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.
The Trolley does not run on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.
2. The Neighborhood Trolley
The Neighborhood Trolley focuses its routes on services and civic buildings. Its southern boundary is Roosevelt Street, western boundary is Goldwater Boulevard, northern boundary is 3rd Street and eastern boundary is Granite Reef Road.
The Neighborhood Trolley connects to The Downtown Trolley. Passengers can also transfer to either the Valley Metro bus system’s fixed routes or the Tempe ORBIT Earth.
This trolley makes stops at the Granite Reef Senior Center, Eldorado Park and the Boys & Girls Clubs, Coronado High School, Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn, Civic Center Mall (home to the Civic Library, City Hall, and Center for the Performing Arts,) Loloma Transit Station (now a historic art area and soon to be a new downtown museum), Paiute Neighborhood Center and Vista Del Camino Community Center.
It runs every 20 minutes, Monday to Sunday, from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm. The Neighborhood Trolley does not run on major holidays such as New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
3. Miller Road Trolley
This trolley route used to be part of the ‘Valley Metro’s Route 76’ and the rider paid normal bus fare. The Miller Road Trolley is on a, “Fare Holiday” until the City can assess the route and ridership.
This route is the longest of the three trolley routes. It starts out at Scottsdale Community College and runs all the way down to Scottsdale Road and McKellips Road.
It stops at some of the same stops as The Neighborhood Trolley, allowing riders to pick-up the Neighborhood or the Downtown Trolley.
Stops include ASU’s Skysong, Papago Shopping Center, Tempe Orbit Earth Circulator, Scottsdale North Corp. Yard, Navajo Elementary School, Indian Bend Park, Vista Del Camino Community Center, Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Eldorado Park and Pool, Coronado High School, Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Health Center-Osborn, Scottsdale Civic Center (Center for Performing Arts, Library, City Hall,) Fry’s Shopping Center at Indian School & Miller, Saguaro High School and Scottsdale Community College.
People coming from North Scottsdale into downtown who want to avoid the hassle of parking and moving around town can park their car at Scottsdale Community College and pick up the Miller Road Trolley from there.
The Miller Road Trolley is free and runs every 30 minutes from 5:30 am to 11:00 pm Monday to Friday, and 6:30 am to 8:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
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