Wichita Transit awarded $2.6 million grant to replace aging trolleys

Published: Apr. 6, 2018 at 1:24 PM CDT
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New trolleys will hit the streets of Wichita in 2019.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration awarded a $2.6 million grant to Wichita Transit to replace it's fleet of aging Q-LINE trolleys.

Wichita operates a fleet of seven trolleys that are between 13 and 16 years old. The trolleys operate from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays.

While all of these trolleys were built in Wichita, the manufacturer has been sold numerous times over recent years resulting in discontinued product lines. The Q-LINE trolley designs have been out of production since 2007.

Replacement parts are becoming increasingly difficult to find according to Greg Ringold, Wichita Transit Maintenance Superintendent.

Specific replacement models will be determined at a later date. New trolleys are not anticipated to be placed in service until late 2019.