Wichita’s free downtown trolley service has a new route as of December 15, 2018.
The Q-line Trolley service in Wichita has been and still will be a great FREE way to get around downtown.
The new Q-line route will be simplified, only running along Douglas Avenue, but officials say that they will actually serve more than 5,000 additional people by extending the route all the way to Seneca (every day of the week) and to Edgemoor (on some days), and adding hours of service. They said the other, discontinued routes, which included Old Town and the Government Center routes, were underutilized.
This new Q-line Trolley schedule will begin December 15, 2018. You’ll be able to ride all the way from Seneca to Edgemoor along Douglas from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Again, the Q-line is still FREE.
The new Q-Line Trolley routes:
The current Q-line trolley offers routes in Old Town and the Government District as well as along Douglas. The routes are color-coded and operate at different hours. We’ve left this old/existing route information at the bottom of the article in case you want to ride the trolley before the routes and schedules change on December 15.
The color-coding still exists in the new trolley routes, but everything is much simpler.
When does the Wichita Q-line Trolley run?
As of December 15, 2018:
The Q-line Trolley hours vary depending on the day and time of day, but trolley service is offered in Wichita every day except for Sunday.
The Lunch Route: Pink
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Route: All the way from Seneca to Hydraulic along Douglas Avenue
Weeknight Route: Blue
Schedule: Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Route: Seneca to Hydraulic along Douglas Avenue
Friday & Saturday Route: Orange
Schedule: Friday night from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Route: Seneca all the way to Edgemoor along Douglas Avenue
See the current Q-line routes below.
How to use the Free Q-line Trolley Service in Wichita
First, you’ll look for a Q-line trolley sign. (Or cheat and use the app!)
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, weeknight and Friday/Saturday schedules given above). If you’re in the right place 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 thing to do visiting the shops and restaurants along the route covered by the trolley, so you’d always have something fun to do!
The Q-line Mobile App
The Current Q-Line Routes
For a little while we’ll leave this here in case you want to ride the trolley before the routes change on December 15.
The Q-line Trolley hours vary depending on the route. Essentially there are two weekday lunchtime routes and two evening/Saturday routes. *As of December 14, 2018 the former Old Town and Government Q-line routes will be discontinued and you’ll want to use the schedule above.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 to Saturday, December 15, 2018
The evening/Saturday trolley schedule and routes:
*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)
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 schedule and routes:
* Monday through Friday, 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.
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