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Yakima Valley Trolley Back Up and Running

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It's been a roller coaster ride for the non-profit group running the historic Yakima Valley Trolley. But right now, things are looking up. It's been a roller coaster ride for the non-profit group running the historic Yakima Valley Trolley. But right now, things are looking up.
YAKIMA, WA - It's been a roller coaster ride for the non-profit group running the historic Yakima Valley Trolley. But right now, things are looking up.

"Before December of last year, the trolley was really struggling and almost went out of existence," said Karl Pasten.

But then, Pasten said something good happened. The City of Yakima approved $100,000 worth of seed money for the trolley to put toward the general maintenance budget and to also compete for matching grants.

Pasten said the non-profit is working to set up a donor program in hopes of getting a steady source of funding through that as well. So how are things looking now for Yakima's historic trolley?

"I think things are looking real good," said Pasten. "Our sales last year are 200 percent over the year before, and we expect to do very good this year because it seems like as the ball gets rolling, more and more people understand that we have this wonderful trolley here."

"This is a real gem in the sense that you can't find the original systems out there," said Tap Menard, a volunteer and conductor. "They're gone, and Yakima has managed to hang on to what we've got."

Menard said he enjoys taking people for a ride on the trolley, imparting a little history and of course making sure people have a good time.

"I enjoy it," said Menard. "I've been doing it for a long time, and it's a lot of fun."

Volunteers said the popular and profitable trolley line to Selah will open in a couple of weeks once the generator is fixed. But for right now, people can take a ride up Pine Street.

It was the first official weekend for the Yakima Valley Trolley to start running again. If you missed it, don't worry. It will run every weekend, Saturday and Sunday on the hour, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.