In an effort to lighten traffic and keep people in the neighborhood during evening hours, the City of West Hollywood will launch a weekend trolley service this weekend called the Sunset Trip. The free trolley has east and westbound routes with stops in the Sunset Strip, Melrose, San Vicente, and Santa Monica Boulevard.
The Sunset Trip runs Saturdays and Sundays from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. and is easy to spot. The black trolley has a red top with a large turquoise circle with the letter ‘T.’ As for the route, there are a total of 24 stops. The westbound track heads north at Fairfax and Fountain, hangs left on Sunset, and remains on the Strip until turning south on Doheny. The eastbound route changes direction when the trolley turns left at Melrose and Doheny, then heads north on San Vicente to repeat stops along the Strip.
The trolley idea isn’t new, as West Hollywood launched The PickUp line in 2013. The bright yellow trolley continues to take imbibers and diners across Santa Monica Boulevard between La Brea and Robertson. Both trolleys intersect at Santa Monica and San Vicente, and Santa Monica and Fairfax. Both make it easy to make multiple stops in one night, including places like Night + Market, Connie and Ted’s, Chateau Marmont, The Abbey, Gracias Madre, Craig’s, and Zinqué.
The PickUp has similar weekend hours to the Sunset Trip, but starts at 2 p.m. on Sundays with a final stop at 10 p.m. The Pickup also rides from 8 p.m. 3 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, the Sunday before Memorial Day, Fourth of July, the Sunday before Labor Day, Halloween, and New Year’s Eve.