Worcester County Officials Jump Onboard Trolley Proposal
OCEAN CITY, Md.- Worcester County officials are proposing a new transit program that could roll out trolley cars sometime soon. But not on tracks, but on wheels.
"I would take it because my vehicle is a gas hog, it cost hundreds and hundreds of dollars to fill it up," said Zack Nation of Ocean City.
The already existing Ocean City buses will get a make-over. Buses would be made to look like a traditional trolley. Ocean City vacationer Zack Nation likes that idea.
"I think that is awesome, because that will be better than the bus," Nation said.
Nation said he pays a ton on gas and would not mind a round-trip ticket on the West Ocean City trolley.
"It would be even better to have something cheaper than the bus," Nation said.
The trolleys would begin at the Ocean City Park and Ride, and make stops at the West Ocean City Harbor, the casino at Ocean Downs, an Ocean Pines swimming pool, downtown Berlin, Assateague State Park, Frontier Town, Castaways RV Resort and the Francis Scott Key Motel.
"Where we can bring tourists and make it easier for them to get around," said Royette Shepahrd, the owner of Hooper's Crab House, located next to the Route 50 bridge that enters Ocean City.
Some business owners say bringing a new trolley program to their town is like hitting the jackpot, while others say it is a gamble they are not willing to take.
"It's not only beneficial for us for everyone in the West Ocean City area," Shepherd said.
But taxi driver Fisal Fgberytagh said a cheap trolley would hit his business hard.
"It's too expensive taxis drives," said Fgberytagh. "Some people will need a bus."
Worcester County is taking the wheel in this trolley program. The county will have to pony up $10,000 to get the trolleys rolling.