The vision: a much larger, year-round Lowell trolley system

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The Lowell National Historical Park's three early-1900s replica electric trolley cars spend the winter in hibernation, the tracks along Dutton Street caked in ice and abandoned until spring.
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HIGHLAND GIRL

Burlington, MA

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#1
Feb 23, 2009
 
This is great
I know if this was in effect when I went to ULowell I would have used this all the time!
Common sense please

Chelmsford, MA

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Feb 23, 2009
 
Run a trolley from the Gallagher Terminal to Fox Hall "Dorm".

Why not the college?

Or better still why not from the bus terminal to downtown?

Could the answer be that they already have service by bus to those places.
Corey

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Feb 23, 2009
 
Common sense please wrote:
Run a trolley from the Gallagher Terminal to Fox Hall "Dorm".
Why not the college?
Or better still why not from the bus terminal to downtown?
Could the answer be that they already have service by bus to those places.
The theory is that unlike buses, which people associate with the poor, somehow, trolleys don't have the same stigma. Personally, I don't buy it, but the thing I do like about trolleys is that because they are tracked, you don't need a map to figure out exactly where they go, and at least in Lowell, they often have their own right-of-way. I was on my way from Aiken St to Market St just yesterday, and I was getting a little bored of walking. For a buck or so, I would've gladly taken the trolley tracks that you basically have to follow on that route.

I've said it a million times, connecting East Campus to downtown by reliable, late-running, public transportation would be a boon to both downtown and the dorms, and probably also draw people downtown from the ballpark and arena. Kids love that sort of stuff, riding trolleys.
Pawtucketville Resident

Norwood, MA

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Feb 23, 2009
 
Common sense please wrote:
Run a trolley from the Gallagher Terminal to Fox Hall "Dorm".
Why not the college?
Or better still why not from the bus terminal to downtown?
Could the answer be that they already have service by bus to those places.
The bus station is at Gallagher Terminal. Some of the issues with getting a trolley between Gallagher and downtown is that Gallagher is on the other side of Thorndike Street from the tracks currently used by the trolley. Other issues in extending the line include what if any change will be made to the Lorde's overpass as a result of the Hamilton Canal District development; available space between Thorndike St and buildings to allow sufficient room for additional tracks; easements to use that property; crossing a canal; and grade change. Extending the trolley to north campus would involve building a railroad bridge over the Merrimack. Extending it to south campus would probably involve getting a lot of easements.
LHNP

Denver, CO

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#5
Feb 23, 2009
 
Lowell got the worst pubic transportation in the U.S.A
Lowell Pride

Boulder, CO

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Feb 23, 2009
 
Can history repeat itself, can Lowell be the great city it was before?
Corey

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Feb 23, 2009
 
Lowell Pride wrote:
Can history repeat itself, can Lowell be the great city it was before?
Nope. And this is coming from one of the city's biggest fans. Until the idea of living in the city loses its stigma, and the economic benefits of developing suburbia die out, then no, Lowell will never be what it once was. It's too small compared to the surrounding areas to be the center of an economic region, and therefore continues to be turned inside-out, spewing jobs and brain-talent all over the surrounding towns.
Lawrence Talbot

Framingham, MA

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#9
Feb 24, 2009
 
Great idea. Let's lay everyone off and build a choo-choo train.
Floyd_Turbow

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#10
Feb 24, 2009
 
Use Obama's Stimulus money and call it The Soul Train.

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