Sunday, April 17, 2016

Columbia to get trolley on trial basis


Columbia's getting a trolley. Or more precisely, it's renting a trolley service on a trial basis.  Columbia Borough Council approved the move at its April 11 meeting after a presentation by Daisy Pagan, who is championing the project through the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. The borough is fronting $30,600 for the trolley for a one-year tryout during tourist season. Any revenue generated from the operation - conservatively estimated at $20,500 - will be returned to borough coffers. The amount is based on a charge of two dollars per rider and income from advertising on the side of the trolley.

Rivertowne Trolley Company will provide the service with a 24-seat trolley that was recently restored. Service will run from Memorial Day weekend (5/26/16) through Labor Day weekend (9/2/16), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and as needed for special events, and extended for Fourth Fridays. Guests might ride free if the budget allows.

The Turkey Hill Experience has agreed to contribute signage, parking attendants at lots, and an informational piece to be distributed to all guests.

The tentative trolley route is shown in red below:



20 comments:

  1. This will be great. On the map there is an arrow going up Ironville and River Road. Will it do a U turn in those locations?

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  2. renting 4 30600 thats 15300 riders to break even then 20500 profit add 10250 more in a two month span come on man front the tax payers 30600

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  3. This is not SAN FRANCISCO!!!

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    1. In San Francisco they have real trolleys. What we are getting is a bus!

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  4. We as columbia tax payers have alot of money tied up at the Columbia Crossing, police department, School dist., and now a trolley! I want to see #s every 3 months how much we are takeing in and paying out!!

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  5. LOOKS NICE HOPE IT WORK OUT

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  6. So many negative folks in Columbia.

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    1. The Boro is spending $30,000 on this thing in the HOPES (yeah right) of generating $20,000 profit at best. So they are hoping to only throw $10,000 in the trash can. Why should anyone be positive about this? Answer me, please.

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    2. You must not pay taxes or you will be changing your comment!!

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  7. Why wasn't this service put out on bids?

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  8. It's who you are and its been done that way for years!!

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    1. Right. Because questioning the logic of this appropriation of funds makes one a "negative nellie". If it does, then I wear that description as a badge of honor, Bob.

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  10. Then,,,,
    Don't be ANONYMOUS

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  11. Nothing to do with negative nellies. Its the hardworking taxpaying homeowners who simply can NOT continue to spend spend spend. they are losing their homes every day. you people just don't seem to get that! while Columbia Crossing is beautiful. ALL that was needed was a building HALF that size and restrooms and MORE parking. on another note, i'm curious to know if the Borough has spent ALL the money from selling the sewer plant?

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  12. We must move forward,,
    But there is wasteful spending that should be cut first.

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  13. We must move forward,,
    But there is wasteful spending that should be cut first.

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  14. I think great idea. Get the tourist trade into Columbia. Columbia is an awesome town, should be shared. Thank you for a fun idea for summer fun for kids and the like.

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  15. Can't find a schedule for the trolley rides anywhere. Checked in at the Watch and Clock Museum for a schedule and they don't have any information. I'm sure more people would take rides if they could easily access more information about this. There's nothing about it on the Columbiapa.net website. I have friends visiting and wanted to take them on a trolley ride. Definitely some opportunities missed with this one.

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    1. https://m.facebook.com/122542224473340/photos/pcb.1147745915286294/1147745745286311/?type=3&source=48

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