Tram cars return to the Wildwoods with some safety changes

Andrew Kramer
May 27, 2020 - 5:37 pm

WILDWOOD, N.J. (KYW Newsradio)  The iconic tram cars have returned to the Wildwoods with some safety changes that were made because of the pandemic.

The tram cars are running again — with some changes — after missing out on Memorial Day weekend.

One change you’ll notice right when you get on is that Plexiglas was added to separate you from the person in another car with their back to you. 

There is also constant cleaning now done by workers like Sam Benedetto, who was a tram car driver for years.

“The tram car people rehired me this summer to sanitize the vehicle and parts where the patrons will touch by hand,” Benedetto said. 

When the tram car stops at the end of the boardwalk on the North Wildwood side, he sprays it down and wipes the cars. 

This process is also done outside the convention center on the other side of the boardwalk.

Another change customers will encounter is when it comes to paying.

You don’t have to hand the driver a ticket anymore; instead, you can pay on your phone on the tram car app.

The price is now $4 for a ride, up 50 cents from previous years, a decision that was made last year though before the pandemic.