Behind the Wheel with a Bay Town Trolley Driver

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

Chances are you've seen George Maris cruising down Front Beach Road...While most get stuck staring at a computer all day--Maris gets a nice view of the open road.

This former Deputy Sheriff turned Bay Town Trolley Driver takes his job seriously.

"I definitely believe in the golden rule where you treat people the way you want to be treated," said Maris.

Operating this big rig doesn't look easy--

"Surprisingly, it's actually pretty easy to drive. You have to be very careful because it takes a little longer to stop than a normal vehicle," said Maris.

Since safety is top priority--a thorough inspection of the trolley is mandatory before hitting the road.

"We start each shift, I check all wiring, fluid levels, check tires, tread and air pressure, fan belts, basically check to see if the vehicle is safe in operating condition before we take it out on the road."

After the inspection is complete--the route begins. Maris works the beach route, otherwise known as Route 7. It begins on Lyndell Lane and ends at Gulf Coast Community College.

“I get to meet a lot of interesting people. So I get to meet tourists all the time, I feel sometimes, like we're tourist guides; when they ask questions, we tell them where to go shopping, what restaurants to go to, and help them find the condominiums."

Equipped with music and cold AC, it's public transportation at its finest--but the best part...is the price.

A dollar 25 will get you a one way ticket--but for $20 a month you can hop on board as many times as you please.

"We transport several thousand customers a day. Whether were taking them to their jobs, a doctors appointment, grocery shopping, or anything else, they really depend on us."

If you think you've got what it takes to become a bay town trolley driver--they are always accepting applications. Visit the Bay Town Trolley website at www.baytowntrolley.org.


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