Riding the trolley in downtown Wilmington to beat the heat

NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- We're on a hot streak, and that's not a good thing.

Some folks in downtown Wilmington have found a unique way to beat the heat.

The Wave Transit Trolley is a great way to see downtown Wilmington.  It's a free ride that takes you through the heart of the city.  Passengers are suppose to get on and off at stores, restaurants, and museums.

But, it's also proven to be a great way to stay cool.

James Thomas stepped on board dripping with sweat.  He calls the refrigerator on wheels a Godsend.

When the temperature is hovering near the century mark though, it's not just riders opting to catch a ride so they don't have to walk.  Some use the trolley as a chilled waiting room until their bus arrives.

"I have noticed people saying the bus will be here in 30 minutes. So, they get on the trolley. The trolley takes 20 minutes.  So, that's 20 minutes out of the heat and only 10 minutes in it before they head home," said William Jones.

Some riders said if it weren't for the trolley they wouldn't be able to bear the heat to get around.

Trolley service runs Monday through Friday from 7:20 am to 9:20 pm, on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 9:20 pm, and Sundays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Reported by Sarah Warlick