Did I hear right there is a trolley car going through downtown? If so, where does it start and end?
you heard correctly
the trolley begins near the cruise port and continues thru the downtown on mainstreet.
and then it makes a return trip.
i hope someone can provide more information as to the cost, frequency.
Here is an article from last month:
Today, MAMBO celebrates the inauguration of a newly renovated downtown with a tremendous bazaar & sidewalk sale
On 20 Sep, 2013 At 08:51 PM | Categorized As Local | With 0 Comments
– MAMBO, the Downtown Merchant Association, together with the Aruban government has organized a Grand Bazaar & Sidewalk Sale, today, September 21. The event is on the newly renovated and beautified Caya G. F. “Betico” Croes. In the early evening hours, the decorative street lamps lining the main street will be switch on.
MAMBO invites everyone to be part of this festive day, which starts at 10:00 a.m. and will continue until 8:00 p.m. Come and admire our beautifully refreshed main street and rediscover the delightful shopping experience and amiable ambiance. Several establishments await shoppers, offering their merchandise at reduced, bargain prizes.
In the afternoon, entertainment will begin at 3:00 p.m., in front of the parking lot adjacent to the former La Linda, with popular local DJ’s. For the grand finale, the Rincon Boys will entertain audiences until 6:00 p.m.
Avoid hunting for parking spaces within downtown’s narrow streets by leaving your car in the parking lot next to the bus station. Enjoy a ride on the free tram, which runs the full length of the main street.The double-decker streetcar will keep a special schedule and circumnavigate the main shopping area every half hour throughout the entire day.
You can also park your car in the parking lot behind Botica Oduber/Coffee Break at the east end of the main street and take the streetcar on its way back to debark in front of La Linda.
The two plazas, Plaza Commercial and Plaza Daniel Leo are not quite completed, but the finishing touches are advancing rapidly. Presently, the workers are busy installing fountains. The plazas will soon be inaugurated to finalize the entire beautification project.
MAMBO extends its heartfelt gratitude towards all who supported the main street businesses during the construction period. They kindly asks everyone to continue give their support and keep up what is our pride, our attractive main street, which has traditionally been a community gathering place and activity center.
Another article dated April 12, 2013. Here is an excerpt, there is as well a route map of the streetcar at the link:
The solar-powered tram, which uses no fossil oil and produces no carbon emission, departed its main station in front of the cruise terminal yesterday morning, to take island visitors to a number of locations along Oranjestad's main commercial street, Caya G.F. "Betico" Croes. The tram is modified with a hydraulic lift to accommodate wheelchairs and disabled.
Stops along the way will be in Rancho, by the ARINA Building behind the bus station, Plaza Museo, adjacent to Fort Zoutman, Plaza Chipi Chipi, in front of La Moderna store, the water tower, Plaza Nicky, by the CMB Bank, Seaport Mall and Royal Plaza Mall.
Another interesting excerpt from this article dated February 20, 2013.
(My understanding is it's right now a plan but it's not finished yet as there are only two streetcars running and not four. I also believe the running times are not accurate at the moment but should be in the near future, IMO.)
The street car reaches up to Burger King and makes six stops. The last stop is where most of the tourists get off - above Bon Bini Bazaar.
In the planning, Aruba will have four street cars, one will be on reserve. Six street car operators have been certified to operate these vehicles. There will always be one conductor and two officials on board each car. The officials will be the ones to inform passengers where to get off or get on the car, and what stop is approaching.
When all the street cars are in operation, they will run from 7 o'clock in the morning to 9:00 pm in the evening from Monday to Saturday.
On Sunday the schedule will be from 3:00 pm in the afternoon to 7:00 pm in the evening.
More info at link, page 5: