Trolley feasibility report coming next week

Thursday, April 16, 2009 12:04 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 2:20 PM
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The Downtown Development Authority will get numbers and recommendations next week from a streetcar study it initiated last summer.

The DDA spent $37,000 in special-purpose sales-tax money to have a consultant study the feasibility of light rail transit in downtown Augusta.

In other cities, a streetcar system was a catalyst for economic development.

On April 21, members of the DDA will sit down with representatives of the planning firm, URS, and members of the city’s transportation department.

DDA executive director Margaret Woodard said the trolley study will likely be part of the city’s larger look at downtown transportation and parking.

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Lost In Translation
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Lost In Translation 04/16/09 - 01:33 pm
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The city can't afford the

The city can't afford the current public transportation as it is and now they want to add trolleys? Way to go Augusta-Richmond County!!! Let's spend more money in another public system that is draining tax money!!!

WhiteboyforJenkins
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WhiteboyforJenkins 04/16/09 - 01:41 pm
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I am clearly an old fashion

I am clearly an old fashion tax and spend liberal, but even this one has me puzzled. Why $37000 to study a light rail for an area in which we cannot even cut the grass. I would think a cleaner downtown and surrounding areas would be a greater catalyst for economic development. Most trolleys I have been on take one through a nice, well kept portion of the a city.

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RU4Real 04/16/09 - 01:45 pm
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This could be a wonderful

This could be a wonderful idea. Run trolleys up Broad and down Reynolds and one over to Walton Way and up to the medical complex. Hopefully they could sell advertising on the sides and poster inside. They could have the hotels offer free rides with your room key. If you are elderly or handicapped, then you need to call ahead and arrange your ride, and it would cost more. Oh never mind, that just describes the current bus system.

RU4Real
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RU4Real 04/16/09 - 01:45 pm
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This could be a wonderful

This could be a wonderful idea. Run trolleys up Broad and down Reynolds and one over to Walton Way and up to the medical complex. Hopefully they could sell advertising on the sides and poster inside. They could have the hotels offer free rides with your room key. If you are elderly or handicapped, then you need to call ahead and arrange your ride, and it would cost more. Oh never mind, that just describes the current bus system.

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Riverman1 04/16/09 - 02:15 pm
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Trolleys? Heh, heh, heh. In

Trolleys? Heh, heh, heh. In all honesty, we could do better with horse drawn carriages at a fraction of the cost.

jack
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jack 04/16/09 - 02:19 pm
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RM1, I totally agree. This

RM1, I totally agree. This would be a trolley to nowhere.

egan01
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egan01 04/16/09 - 03:14 pm
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If the trolley just goes

If the trolley just goes around in a circle who is going to ride it and what would be its purpose if you had to go downtown to catch a ride on the trolley.

Rose
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Rose 04/16/09 - 03:17 pm
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I want to know how to get in

I want to know how to get in on one of those studies. They make good money.

Rose
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Rose 04/16/09 - 03:19 pm
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Didn't Augusta have trolleys

Didn't Augusta have trolleys yrs ago and the city got rid of them? This will be another waste of money.

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 04/16/09 - 04:29 pm
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excellent cities with a lot

excellent cities with a lot of history and beautiful downtown areas have trolleys.. not augusta!!

LEO
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LEO 04/16/09 - 04:40 pm
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Again, let the private sector

Again, let the private sector handle things tourism related. Government should stay out as much as possible. We're tired of paying for studies that have gotten us no return for the investment. I would like to know how much we have spent on studies for the various projects or "improvements" in the last ten years. Local government, are you listening to us???

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