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Berkeley County approves purchase of used trolley

May 24, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission approved the purchase of an almost-new, bright red and green trolley that will be used to cart visitors around the county.

The trolley is planned to be used to shuttle the public to events such as the annual Roundhouse Rail Day, for tours that take visitors and students to local historic sites or for prospective businesses to tour the area with the Berkeley County Development Authority, Commission President Howard Strauss said.

Commissioner John Wright and Strauss, along with County Administrator Deborah Hammond, toured the used demonstration trolley last week.

The trolley, which has about 9,600 miles on it, will be purchased from Colonial Equipment Co., of Frederick, Md., for $124,960.

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The county will use a federal grant to purchase the trolley, and there may be some extra money in the grant to add other features to the trolley.

Inside the 31-foot long trolley are wooden seats and brass bars with leather handle straps that can be used by people who choose to stand. Also, a panel with four windows located on each side of the trolley can be taken out so fresh air can circulate inside.

The air-conditioned trolley can hold 30 people, or 26 if the two handicapped spaces are used, company officials said.

The trolley will be operated by Pan Tran, the Eastern Panhandle public transit system, but owned by the county.

The county received two other bids for the trolley project.

Colonial Equipment offered a new trolley for $135,000, and Trolley Enterprise, a Florida company, offered a new one for $128,400.

The trolley from Trolley Enterprise had none of the desired itemized options included in the price, which included etched glass windows, a destination sign and exterior wood trim. The price with the options totaled $132,000.

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