Making the bus cool again – City councilor starts conversation on bringing trolleys in Worcester

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One of the benefits of adding new faces to the Worcester City Council can be an infusion of fresh perspectives for tackling existing issues, even – as in this case – a new idea that has a distinctly retro look. Retro, as we know, can be the next big thing. Take, for instance, the resurrection of vinyl records and the return of turntables. Or in this case, trolleys.

District 1 Councilor Sean M. Rose, a thoughtful new addition to council, is proposing that the city investigate the feasibility of a vintage trolley system in the city in partnership with the Worcester Regional Transit Authority. Discussion was put off at last week’s council meeting, but is expected to come up tonight.

The transit authority’s double whammy of declining ridership and funding shortfalls is well known, not just in Worcester but for other RTAs as well. In fact, death spiral might be more apt in a world in which service along defined bus routes is struggling and point-to-point services like Uber are changing the game for transportation options.

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