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LAist Rides the Holly Trolley, Part I

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Martini Republic's editor, Joseph Mailander, claims to be the "first person to use the Trolley." LAist can verify that: we trailed behind him to be the second official passenger on board at Monday's preview of the new transit service that will serve Hollywood nightlife, Thursday through Sunday morning, 8 p.m. – 4 a.m.

That service begins tonight.

The Holly Trolley is more of an experience than just a hunky-dory bus ride. Besides the contemporary look and feel of the customized Red Car, you will be welcomed to your experience by “ambience directors.” Officially they are security detail, but they will more likely be fielding questions and playing bouncer to the trolley (the about-to-puke inebriated will have to sober up or take a hike). The ambience goes a step further by pumping in music from Sirius satellite radio, minus Mr. Stern. The ride is smooth and supposedly will be more comfortable as cushions are said to be on their way. You shouldn’t get caught in too much of Hollywood Boulevard’s traffic as the trolley only serves the eastbound side of the street (heading away from Hollywood & Highland).