Claremont Sells Trolley

The city of Claremont sold its trolley to Nevada-based Specialty Vehicles earlier this month. The trolley, which was purchased for $75,000, will be used as part of a Disney project in Hawaii that is currently under construction.

The trolley had a relatively short lifespan. In January 2008, the Claremont City Council voted four to one to approve the trolley for a three-year trial basis, at an estimated cost of $886,869. The free trolley service, which began later that year, traveled the 1.5-mile square around the Village every Thursday through Saturday, making four stops.

Unfortunately, the trolley never garnered the attention from Claremont residents that the city had expected. In April, the Council voted to terminate the trolley’s service due to sluggish ridership. The trolley’s last stop in Claremont was Jun. 1.

The decision to terminate the service saved the city a reported $210,540 a year.

Claremont Councilwoman Linda Elderkin expressed optimism for the trolley’s new life in Hawaii.

“I hope the trolley will be happy,” Elderkin said. “If I ever go to Hawaii, I hope I get to visit it.”

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