Village Receives New Jolly Trolley Bus

New Jolly Trolley bus

Members of the Village Board stand with State Rep. Al Riley (third from right) before the new Jolly Trolley bus. From left: Trustees Bonita Dillard, Rob McCray, Ken Kramer, Mae Brandon, State Rep. Riley, Gary Kopycinski, and Georgia O’Neill. (Photo: VOPF)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Park Forest has a new Jolly Trolley bus with four wheelchair lifts for disabled residents.

Rich Township Supervisor Al Riley recently showed the new bus to Park Forest Board Members in front of the Village Hall.

The new Pace bus replaces an older model with only two wheelchair lifts. Two Jolly Trolley buses operate in Park Forest Mondays through Fridays. Rich Township operates the bus service, which is available to all Park Forest residents, regardless of age. The township acquires the buses through Pace. An average 1,700 riders per month use the bus service.

"This is intergovernmental collaboration at its best," Riley said. "Rich Township has kept the transit service tradition of the Park Forest Jolly Trolley alive, while operating the latest buses with lifts for the disabled. Rich Township has always had an excellent relationship with Pace. This makes our acquisition of safe, modern buses and equipment easier than it might be for other jurisdictions."

Riley said the bus is funded through a collaboration of Rich Township and Pace Suburban Bus. "Rich Township has one of the largest transportation programs amongst townships in northeastern Illinois. We do approximately 100,000 person trips a year. That’s a lot of trips. We transport township residents to wherever they have to go. We transport some of them to Chicago, for example, to Northwestern, for chemotherapy treatments. It is a very efficient way of getting around. It’s really great to have this collaborative effort with Pace."

For more information about the Jolly Trolley or to reserve a trip, call (708) 748-4433.

Source: VOPF