Improvements coming to Yakima Valley Trolleys facility

YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima's summertime trolley system is about to get a facelift.

City Council gave Yakima Valley Trolleys $100,000 in December. The money will be used to improve the old powerhouse. It's now used as a museum and waiting area for riders.

The powerhouse will get heating and air conditioning, as well as more lighting and a new paint job. There's hope this can secure future grants for the trolleys and help tourism.

Karl Pasten volunteers with Yakima Valley Trolleys.

"It's something we should be very proud of. Let's face it, it's 105 years old, guys. It's a part of us. But, we're able to share that with the outside world. Equals tourism. Because we have the ability to be a destination tourist attraction."

The trolleys normally run from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That could be extended if more volunteers offer to drive them.