Thursday, February 11, 2010

Aloha trolley

Claremont's trolley has moved on to greener pastures. And sandy beaches. At Tuesday's city council meeting, city manager Jeff Parker announced that the city had sold the trolley to a buyer in Hawaii.

Since the council decided to end the trolley experiment in April, the vehicle has been collecting dust while parked at the city yard.

Using a trolley broker, the city sold the trolley to the buyer at a cost of $75,000. During the planning stages, the city estimated the total cost of the trolley to be $1.3 million over 3 years. It only ran for about 5 months.

The trolley was shipped off from a Long Beach port last week and could already be at its destination. Several city officials I talked to didn't know who bought it or what it will be doing.

Bon Voyage trolley! While you were the butt of many jokes in Claremont, you will also be missed by many in the community.

1 comment:

  1. Bon Voyage indeed! This should be a lesson to the City (and those who pushed for and supported having the trolley) that spending public funds must always be done with prudence - especially now under these economic hard times.