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Monday, March 17, 2014

How the Coconut Grove trolley could work

Hopefully you are signing our petition to get the City of Miami trolley service included in Coconut Grove. A couple of weekends ago a few of us went around getting signatures at the Gifford Lane Art Stroll. So there is the electronic petition and the paper petition.

There's always the subject of the Circulator bus coming up whenever the trolley subject comes up.  But it's not the same. 

There have been studies done that prove that people would prefer a trolley over the city bus line, which is the Circulator. And if the Cirulator is so great, how about the City remove the trolley line from Coral Way and Brickell and Wynwood and replace it with a Circulator? No? Why not? Also, the Circulator charges, the trolley is free. It's a city service that Coconut Grove residents pay for through taxes.

As for the expense of adding a trolley line to Coconut Grove, how about taking a couple of trolleys from other lines and using them? It won't cost anything. If one trolley is taken from Coral Way and one is taken from Wynwood for instance, then we have a trolley line in Coconut Grove. The trolley could start at Mercy Hospital, where it would connect with that underused trolley, which would bring people to Brickell and Downtown Miami and at the other end,  the Coconut Grove trolley could then end at the Metrorail stations, the one at Douglas would then link to the Coral Gables trolley. In between we would have trolley service from North Grove to Center Grove and maybe one day South Grove.

So basically, two trolleys is all that the Grove would need to loop around the Center Grove area. Two city trolleys that come with drivers already, that could come from underused lines in other areas of the city, which would only be shifting them all around and not adding to the expense of running a new line. This would bring people into the Grove and it would serve the residents of the Grove inside the Grove.

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