The Point: Loop service began January 10 as alternative to driving

Palm Springs residents and visitors can once again catch the BUZZ Trolley, a fun and easy way to travel across the city. Officials marked the reopening with a ribbon cutting and relaunch event on January 10.

The City of Palm Springs previously operated the system through last June. Councilmember Lisa Middleton, who also sits on the SunLine Transit Agency’s Board of Directors as the City’s representative, worked with the agency to bring forward a proposal for SunLine to take over the BUZZ operations. Middleton also serves as an RCTC Commissioner.

The BUZZ will run year-round, Thursday through Saturday, from noon to 10 p.m.  Service will operate through June 2020, when the Palm Springs City Council will review whether to continue the City’s subsidy for the service.

“The City Council recognized that the BUZZ Trolley has been an incredibly popular service appreciated by both residents and visitors and wanted a less expensive option to keep it rolling,” said Middleton. “We are delighted that SunLine has stepped up to assume operation of this program and we look forward to partnering with them.”

As part of the proposal, the agency will take over the management of the system, capital costs and purchase the trolleys. The fun and colorful branding will remain the same.

“SunLine is pleased to partner with the City of Palm Springs to continue this service for residents and tourists. Providing transportation options also enhances the local economy, creating more convenient access to local businesses,” said Lauren Skiver, CEO/General Manager of SunLine Transit Agency. “The BUZZ trolleys offer a fun and innovative way to get around Palm Springs. We look forward to bringing the service back to the community and welcoming new riders to the SunLine Transit network.”

“The BUZZ trolley has become a much loved, fast and fun amenity which residents and visitors enjoy using to get around town,” said Mary Jo Ginther, director of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism. “Why drive when you can take the BUZZ? It truly is a part of the magic that makes Palm Springs like no place else.”