Wichita’s free downtown trolley service is being expanded! The new Q-line Trolley service in Wichita will now include more routes and expanded hours of operation. This will be a great, FREE way to get around Downtown Wichita, Old Town, Delano, and Douglas!
Beginning Saturday, May 13, 2017, the free Q-line Trolley will offer two evening and Saturday routes and two weekday lunch hour routes.
When does the Wichita Q-line Trolley run?
The Q-line Trolley hours vary depending on the route, but essentially there are two weekday lunchtime routes and two evening/Saturday routes. First, the Delano/Old Town trolley route and the Government Center trolley route will operate during lunch time on weekdays. Then, the Douglas trolley route and the Old Town trolley route will operate every weeknight and on Saturdays, according to the schedule below.
Wichita lunchtime trolley schedule:
(Government Center and Delano/Old Town trolley routes only.)
* Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wichita evening/Saturday trolley schedule:
(Douglas trolley route and the Old Town route only.)
*Monday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m.
*Friday 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
*Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. (summer) or noon to 1 a.m. (winter)
*these could change so you should check the most recent trolley schedule at www.wichitatransit/qline
Q-line Trolley Routes
The expanded Q-line trolley routes are color-coded and operate at different hours. You can see a map of the Q-line routes here.
The evening/Saturday trolley routes:
These two routes operate according to the evening/Saturday schedule given above.
Douglas route: Orange – Runs from Lawrence-Dumont Stadium to Douglas and Hydraulic. On Friday nights and Saturdays only, the route is extended and runs all the way to Clifton Square at Douglas and Hillside.
Old Town route: Blue – Runs from Old Town Square near 2nd Street and Rock Island to the Waterwalk area near Kellogg and Main Street
The weekday lunchtime trolley routes:
Both of these Wichita trolley routes will operate every Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Delano/Old Town route: Yellow – Runs from Douglas Street in Delano to 1st and Mosley in Old Town.
Government Center route: Pink – Runs from the Sedgwick County Courthouse at Central and Main Street and loops around to Old Town at Douglas and Rock Island Road.
How to use the Free Q-line Trolley Service in Wichita
First, you’ll look for a Q-line trolley sign along your route. The signs are color-coded, so you’ll know which Q route stops there. Trolley stops are located about every other block along the trolley routes.
Second, you’ll wait for a trolley to come around. The trolleys run approximately every 10 minutes during open hours (see the lunchtime and evening/Saturday schedules given above). So, if it’s lunchtime and you’re at a stop on the Government Center route (pink) or the Delano/Old Town route (yellow), you’re in the right place and you shouldn’t have to wait much longer than 10 minutes to catch a trolley.
Third, when the trolley arrives, use “elevator etiquette,” i.e. wait for riders to exit before you get on.
Finally, when you’re about a block away from your destination, pull the cord along the window of the trolley to indicate to the driver that you want to stop.
How much does the Q-line Trolley cost?
It is FREE. Zero dollars. Costs nothing!
I think riding the Q-line Trolley (for free!) would make a fun Saturday morning or afternoon activity. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the districts covered by the trolley, so you’d always have something fun to do!