The Deadwood trolley system brought in more revenue in 2012 than in it did in 2011, but still experienced a net loss this last year.
The net loss in fact was $139,000. Transportation Director Robert Nelson Sr. says high fuel prices were a contributing factor. Each trolley gets about 4.5 miles per gallon.
Even with the net loss he says the trolleys are more a public service than a business, but Nelson says the city is looking into other ways to turn some profit. "We also have some advertising on the trolleys done by local businesses that is ran through the chamber of commerce and we have good participation in that, we're also in a proposal for a so called tourism loop we may run this summer," said Nelson.
It's currently $1.00 per person to ride the trolley; Nelson says he doesn't think there'll be a price increase this year. The last price increase was in 2006, from 50 cents.