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Wilmngton - November 2000
   

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Wilmington, Del. — Trolley On Track

Rail Transit Online, November 2000

A little known project that will benefit from the generous funding provided in the FY 2001 transportation bill is the proposed electric trolley for downtown Wilmington.  With $5 million from Congress now secure, design and engineering will get underway, and local transit officials hope to have the heritage line up and running by 2004.  Last year Congress appropriated $1 million for the trolley, officially named the Downtown Transit Connector.  Planners will be seeking about 70 percent of the construction cost from the federal government, with the remainder coming from state, city and private sources.  The proposal calls for laying approximately two miles of track the length of downtown, which has fallen on hard times, beginning at Rodney Square and Market Street.  After passing the Amtrak station the line will leave Market Street and enter an abandoned railroad right of way, terminating at a new riverfront development area.  Supporters hope the streetcars will lure new businesses and their customers, helping the city jump-start a badly needed economic resurgence.

 

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