Jun 1, 2016 1:50 PM

Free trolley service launches in downtown Nashua this weekend

NASHUA - A free downtown trolley service launches this weekend to help patrons get around to shops, restaurants, and concerts without worrying about where to park.

The Nashua Telegraph reports The Gate City Trolley will make its maiden trip Friday night from the Elm Street parking garage and will travel a fixed loop through downtown every 15 minutes. The trolley will run Friday and Saturday nights.

It's an attempt to address the view held by some that insufficient parking exists downtown and to encourage use of the Elm and High Street parking garages, where it is free to park nights and weekends.

The Gate City Trolley is being launched on a pilot basis for six months. City leaders will assess ridership and interest and decide whether to continue it or expand it, he said.

The route begins at the Elm Street Garage near City Hall, goes to the High Street Garage, then continues to Main Street and heads north to Library Hill, loops around Railroad Square, turns onto Canal Street, then heads south on Main Street to City Hall before returning to the Elm Street garage.

Those who board at the parking garage will be given tickets featuring special discounts offered by six local businesses: Fratello's, San Francisco Kitchen, Portland Pie Co., Riverside Barbeque, Nancy's Diner and Millyard Brewery.

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