Friday, May 29, 2015
The Palm Springs Buzz
Palm Springs is experimenting with a free bus loop on its two major roadways, Palm Canyon and Indian Canyon Drives.
The buses run every 15 minutes from 11AM to 1AM Thursday through Sunday in an attempt to get tourists and residents out of their cars, particularly after they have been drinking.
The vehicles are designed as motorized trolley cars, with passengers facing each other across a central aisle, while radio station rock music plays in the background.
The trial trolleys are being called The BUZZ and their brightly colored paint jobs have become a new local landmark.
They are still working out some of the kinks, such as inadequate signage and sun shelters at the various stops around town, but it's a remarkable attempt at introducing public transportation to auto-addicted Southern Californians, who seem to love the service.