The trolley binds us together
We are on the books to have a free trolley service like the rest of the City of Miami, but it could take up to a year. I was told that we finally bought the final trolley, by "we," I mean the Grove - the BID actually. Four trolleys are needed to service the area and between the city and county, we have all four trolleys now, but the rub is that it takes from nine months to a year to get them, due to the backlog these days of trolleys. Every town wants a trolley and the trolley-makers are trying to get them out as soon as they can.They drivers are a pleasure, the ride is a pleasure and the convenience is a pleasure. It's a perfect situation and just a shame that we have had to wait so long while other areas in the district have trolleys that do not have much ridership.
There has always been talk that the other commissioners are not willing to give up trolleys in their neighborhoods so that the Grove could have a trolley, but District 2 probably has the most trolleys between Midtown, downtown, Brickell and Wynwood. Only the Grove, the poor stepchild has been left out all these years. I remember when the Grove was the only game in town. But we're coming back and it behooves the new businesses and condos to get the trolley here fast as it really does add to the neighborhood and quality of life.
Last week I was in New Orleans for a few days and I used the streetcars often; the streetcars are part of the fabric of that city, like San Francisco's cable cars are to that city. What's old is new again, in those cities it's always been.
I took this photo last week on Canal Street in New Orleans.
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