Trolley for downtown

Oh no here we go,, a promo to spend taxpayers money for someone's whim.  

how about this, if downtown business want something let them pay for it. It is not the taxpayer's responsibility to pay to help local business.   

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There was a trolley that ran between Tuscumbia and Sheffield.  One of my relatives worked on the line.  For years, one could view the rails just beneath the paving surface of the streets. 

Construction costs for such are high. 

"According to the city estimate, electric trolley construction and facilities such as power lines would cost $7 million to $8 million per mile for systems lasting 30 years. The city estimate compared that to $30 million to $45 million per mile for streetcar systems that last 40 years (one proposed line would cost more than $50 million per mile). Light rail trains, by comparison, cost between $100 million and $160 million per mile and can last more than 60 years."

http://www.seattlepi.com/local...electric-1272664.php

Tuscumbia has a bus tricked out like a trolley.  They rent it out for other cities and organizations.  A Florence firm that rents out limousine services, has a couple as well.  I'd suggest a bus, decorated as a trolley, at best.  

Dire: I remember seeing the rails running on Main St and 6th Street. Tuscumbia would put new asphalt over the old rails and would always wear through, exposing the rails. Until they finally took rails up then repaved the street.

Maybe Elon Musk can work up a deal for Florence; Solar Trolley System for around $30-$50 million and will last up to 20 years.. Sounds like a Deal for Florence Residence property tax payers... Go Green.

There is an article in today's TD concerning established a trolley system for Florence.  http://www.timesdaily.com/news...af-8fd9cc1a0cf9.html

The old system ran from Florence across the old railway bridge to Sheffield and Tuscumbia.  I had forgotten the Florence part.  I see a UNA professor suggested the new system.  Nothing against academics, but they need to consider the cost for such projects, as well. 

 

 

 

direstraits posted:

There is an article in today's TD concerning established a trolley system for Florence.  http://www.timesdaily.com/news...af-8fd9cc1a0cf9.html

The old system ran from Florence across the old railway bridge to Sheffield and Tuscumbia.  I had forgotten the Florence part.  I see a UNA professor suggested the new system.  Nothing against academics, but they need to consider the cost for such projects, as well. 

 

 

 

If it were an economics professor and not one who teaches geography, then I would listen. I don't live in Florence, so if folks there want to squander money on an expensive railed trolley/street car system; go for it! If it were me, I would only support such an idea if it were wholly owned and operated by a private company; no subsidies.

Memphis revised the trolley service in 1993 for the cost of
56 million, it's last run ended in 1947.
This run ended 2014 after mounting problems, also two caught
fire and others ran into each other, running on tracks doesn't
stop these guys.
Recently they want to start the service again for 2017...???
 
Stanky posted:
direstraits posted:

There is an article in today's TD concerning established a trolley system for Florence.  http://www.timesdaily.com/news...af-8fd9cc1a0cf9.html

The old system ran from Florence across the old railway bridge to Sheffield and Tuscumbia.  I had forgotten the Florence part.  I see a UNA professor suggested the new system.  Nothing against academics, but they need to consider the cost for such projects, as well. 

 

 

 

If it were an economics professor and not one who teaches geography, then I would listen. I don't live in Florence, so if folks there want to squander money on an expensive railed trolley/street car system; go for it! If it were me, I would only support such an idea if it were wholly owned and operated by a private company; no subsidies.

Geography  may be more to the point.  Just how wide are the streets of Florence to accommodate a trolley running down the middle?  Will they have to take up the sidewalks?  Anybody got a picture of that same location today to show dual lane modern traffic, etc?

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