CROWN POINT | A trolley run to carry riders between the downtown and points of interest including the city sports complex won the support Monday of city officials.
The Redevelopment Commission agreed to spending of up to $250,000 on an initial roll-out of the plan to purchase one new trolley car and construct two to three small trolley stations.
Patrons could hop a trolley at the sports complex and ride to the downtown to sample restaurants and shops, Mayor David Uran said.
The estimated $120,000 to $130,000 cost of a new trolley would come with years of opportunity to attract visitors, Uran said.
"We can't put people inside of a business, but we can can put them right in front of it. I think it's going to be a tremendous asset," Uran said.
Engineering and construction of the two to three trolley stations would be covered by about $120,000 of the $250,000 allocated, officials said.
Exact locations of the stations are to be determined, but some likely spots are at Parry Court in the downtown and at the 95-acre city-owned sports complex on East North Street, officials said.
A full trolley route around town would be worked out with various stops along the way. Early plans calls for the rides to be free.
Visitors to the sports complex could take time out from activities to ride the trolley into the downtown for lunch and shopping, while leaving their car parked in the lot.
"It think it's a great investment," Redevelopment Commission President Carol Drasga said.
The purchase of a new trolley would relieve stress on the city's existing, older trolley, "Molly," officials said. The older trolley is used for special events only.