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: