City may retire familiar green trolley

July 24, 2013

A tram, such as those used at Six Flags, may soon be ferrying people to and from parking lots around the historic district.

The iconic green trolley, meanwhile, will be retired after more than a decade of service, according to plans discussed last week in the Granbury City Council’s annual budget workshop.

The trolley is now in its dotage and is routinely in the shop for costly repairs, according to City Manager Wayne McKethan. He told the council that its air conditioner has caught fire twice.

The tram, McKethan said, will not replace the trolley, but will be an added service for local residents and visitors.

The trolley will likely be replaced with a van that can be rented for weekend transports at $100 per day – which would even out with the cost of the trolley, McKethan said.

“Nobody rides it that much,” the city manager said of the old-fashioned trolley.

He said that, on average, there are about 11 trolley passengers per week.

As for the tram, McKethan and city staffers are researching what type of vehicle would be best for pulling it. They will make a recommendation to the City Council before the council adopts the budget in September.

According to materials distributed at the budget workshop, a 21-passenger model tram with forward and backward facing seats will cost just over $28,000.

The price includes rain curtains at a cost of just under $2,000, a “wheelchair access package” at just under $1,000 and a strobe light.

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