RE: [FJGRailroad] Gloversville to get downtown trolley
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Gloversville can get trolley bus with federal stimulus money
GLOVERSVILLE — Mayor Tim Hughes said he is elated the city Transit Department will get $706,000 in federal stimulus funding, but Transit Director Al Schutz is ecstatic it will include $175,000 for a trolley-style bus.
Schutz said he has long sought an open-air trolley such as tourists ride in resort communities like Lake George.
“I think it will make us a lot of friends,” said Schutz, speculating on the vehicle’s importance to not only general tourism but to various festivals as well as programs related to the farmers market.
“It’s endless what you can do with this trolley,” Schutz said. “It will definitely contribute to the ambiance of our city,” he said, adding with emphasis: “which we need.”
Schutz said he is optimistic the city can take delivery of the trolley and a $120,000 conventional shuttle bus also included in the stimulus package.
Though he applied for $2 million in stimulus money, Schutz said he is pleased to receive the $706,000.
The package also includes $20,000 for the engineering work on a new pole barn, $50,000 for a furnace, tire changer and brake meter, $225,000 to repave the parking lot and $116,000 for scheduling software, computers and a copier.
“It’s great news,” Hughes said of the award. Together with about $750,000 to pave Bleecker and State streets, the stimulus money will add up to nearly $1.5 million, he said.
Schutz said the transit funding is also an indication the bus service has a solid future.
He has been sensitive about criticism from some politicians and residents who contend the service should shut down if it cannot break even.
In 2008, the city spent $231,000 on the bus service, the smallest sum from city taxpayers in its history.
Remarking on the stimulus package, Schutz said: “They wouldn’t be pumping that kind of money into a system that wasn’t viable.”
Schutz said the new vehicles add to a fleet that includes two other recently delivered 2009 buses, four 2006 vehicles and several older models.
The department has also had the use of four loaner buses available through a state DOT program.
Gloversville Transit serves a large part of Fulton County and travels to Amsterdam on the Route 30 corridor.
From: FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com [mailto:FJGRailroad@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Saul Kalbfeld
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 5:38 PM
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Subject: [FJGRailroad] Gloversville to get downtown trolleyIt's true! I read it in the Leader Herald.Saul