Rosie the Trolley is back on the streets of Santa Rosa after PG&E donated $15,000 to the city to install a new environmentally friendly compressed natural gas (CNG) tank to power the vehicle around town after a one-week absence.
The utility made the donation today, July 12, at a Santa Rosa City Council meeting along with the Recreation, Parks and Community Service Department.
“We didn’t have the budget to replace our old CNG tanks so we asked PG&E if it had any grant programs for a green vehicle,” Laneil Bryant, recreation coordinator for Recreation, Parks and Community Service, told Currents.
“PG&E’s local Government Relations team said ‘we’ll take it on’ and we were absolutely thrilled. The donation really helped to save our program dollars,” Bryant said.
The 30-passenger Rosie the Trolley, manufactured at Cable Car Classics in Healdsburg, is a real community asset, shuttling children to local swimming pools, summer camps and field trips, and offering free historic tours to the farmer’s market and street fair downtown on Wednesday evenings.
Decked out in beautiful old-fashioned wood, brass interiors and a clanging bell, wheelchair-access Rosie is available for charters for weddings, family reunions, proms and graduations, and other events.