The Capital Area Transit System’s Garden District trolley is rolling for the first time today, looping between downtown and the tree-lined neighborhood as CATS continues to try to attract different types of riders.

The trolley runs every half hour on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturdays, riders can hop on and off throughout the day and the trolley will run hourly from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

CATS Chief Executive Officer Bob Mirabito said he does not expect the first day to indicate how successful the trolley will be, but he said he has heard excitement and interest from people living in the Garden District. He said he hopes demand will soar on Friday, when the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge hosts its street party Laurel Street Palooza.

The Garden District Trolley is part of a $1 million expansion in which CATS officials tried to reach out to new kinds of riders -- not just those who are dependent on the bus system. Service has not started yet on the two other routes approved with the Garden District trolley, a bus running between the CATS terminal to the university campus and another running back-and-forth from Tigerland and downtown.