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Our Environmental commitment

Old Town Trolley Tours has been going green since the 1980’s. With our use of clean burning propane, we’ve been committed to preserving and protecting the environment since we began delighting guests across the United States with our wonderful brand of Transportainment®.

We take our devotion to the environment so seriously that we converted 90% of our fleet to run on propane instead of gasoline.


Propane – the fuel of our fleets and the future

We take our devotion to the environment so seriously that we converted 90% of our fleet to run on propane instead of gasoline. In fact, Old Town Trolley Tours was recently recognized by the Propane Industry with the Propane Exceptional Energy Fleet Award for our use of propane in our orange and green trolleys. Propane is a great alternative to gasoline because it burns cleaner, is safer, more cost effective and all around better for the environment.

One trolley means less is more

Our trolleys not only offer people an entertaining, informative way to see cities across the country, they also reduce the amount of cars driving on the roads. One trolley tour vehicle is equal to approximately 20 cars not operating and driving on our busy highways. And with fewer cars, there’s less pollution, a decrease in fuel consumption and less traffic. All of this makes a valuable impact on the environment.

Today, tomorrow and beyond

At Old Town Trolley Tours, we’re determined to do our part as a responsible corporate citizen to ensure the welfare of the environment. And our commitment is unwavering. Today and tomorrow and into the future, we plan on continuing with what we started over 30 years ago. That means that our company will consistently utilize new and innovative ways to improve the world we live in. So keep an eye out for our energy efficient, environmentally friendly trolleys and hop on board – they’re a breath of fresh air.

Proud winner of the Propane Exceptional Energy Fleet Award

Our SEAL amphibious vehicles operate on Bio-Diesel fuels, reducing the smell and impact on our environment.


Old Town Trolley Tours and San Diego Seal Tours are among more than 60 waterfront businesses participating in the Port of San Diego’s Green Business Challenge – a program to promote environmental practices.

Both The San Diego Tribune and San Diego News Network reported about a San Diego Gas & Electric Co. two-year program offering small businesses interest-free loans for energy improvements.

After looking at a warehouse where the Old Town Trolley stores and maintains its propane-and biodiesel-fueled trolleys, SDG&E suggested replacing lights with energy-efficient models operated by light and motion sensors.

“It is paying off,” David Thornton, general manager for Old Town Trolley of San Diego, said. “Our energy consumption has been reduced 30 to 35 percent a month.”

Norm Niles, Maintenance Manager at Old Town Trolley, who brought in the program, explains in the video.


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