The trolley’s not coming back.
The City will break it out for special events, like Chalk the Block. Maybe baseball games, for a little while. But forget daily operation.
It took a pandemic, and the resulting recession, to convince the City to cut this wasteful spending.
The trolley was stupid. It was never about transportation. Four bus routes covered the same service, faster and less sporadically. When you’re talking about transportation, you’re talking about reliable transportation. The trolley didn’t qualify.
If Dee “Hold the LIne on Taxes” Margo and the rest of City Council were serious about fiscal responsibility, they would have axed daily operation of the trolley months ago.
And so far no one has been knifed to death waiting for the bus.
The trolley was never about transportation. The trolley was always a novelty. The trolley was where you took out-of-town visitors to kill 45 minutes before you went home for martinis and canasta.
There’s still a lot of fat on that bone. If we were to cancel the worthless vanity projects, and rescind some TIRZs, our economic future would clear up like the environment during lockdown.
(One bonus to the Coronavirus is that, since the park’s been closed, the dolphins have returned to Ascarate Lake.)
This economic crisis is an opportunity for our “city leaders” to grow a pair and demonstrate some fiscal restraint. This is an opportunity for them to save face.
They can even pretend they came up with the idea themselves. I won’t say a thing.
This is a great opportunity to pull us out of the fiscal tailspin they’ve enthusiastically embraced.