Aruba test-runs unique tram service
24th February 2013
On Tuesday last week, the tiny Caribbean island of Aruba's new solar-powered tram took to the streets for the first time
Aruba is officially the first island in the Caribbean to launch a public tram service. This eco-friendly form of transport will cost $1 to ride, and will run on rechargeable batteries.
Aruba's authorities hope that the ease with which the tram can be run will encourage visitors to venture to downtown Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba. The tram route is part of an on-going project of rejuvenation which will see a new Linear Park; a 10-mile landscaped walkway from Aruba's airport, heading north.
The two-carriage trams will run on a 12-minute circular route. This will connect the capital Oranjestad, with the city's cruise terminal, and the Commercial Plaza shopping mall. It will also take a scenic route, passing the city's historic fort and its archaeological museum.
The tram will operate six days a week, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00am until 1:00pm.
New green transport such as this should aid the island in its attempt to become completely carbon-neutral by 2020. Aruba is working with the organisation Carbon War Room to achieve this.
Originally Posted by AndyM
An Aruba contact tells me the trolly is running. Can anyone confirm?