Free trolley service being offered to Hattiesburg New Year's revelers

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - New Year's Eve party-goers in Hattiesburg will have a little extra help getting home safely Tuesday night (or Wednesday morning), thanks to the Hattiesburg Convention Commission and several local businesses.

They've teamed up to offer free trolley rides to revelers in the downtown, Avenues and Midtown sections of the Hub City from 8 p.m. Tuesday until 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The trolley belongs to the Hattiesburg Convention Commission. The driver and fuel are being paid for by some local businesses.

State Representative Toby Barker came up with the idea as an extra option for folks who might need some assistance getting home safe and sound after bringing in the new year.

"We want people to go out as they do on New Year's Eve and enjoy what Hattiesburg has to offer with their friends," said Barker. "But, we want them to do that safely. If you live in the Avenues or Midtown, you can actually walk to a city bus stop and catch the trolley there, or if you want to go from one entertainment spot to another, you can also take that route as well," he said.

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