According to the Daily News (“Return of trolleys to island deserves a good-faith effort,” March 13), the Galveston Park Board of Trustees unanimously gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up to the trolley project. OK, sounds good. Before you get the checkbook out, what is the plan?

No doubt there is a traffic congestion problem on the seawall caused by day-trippers who come to our island to go to the beach. They come for the day in their cars and go home the same day in their cars. So, tell me again, who would use these trolleys on wheels?

Two years ago, an incomplete plan for paid parking on the seawall was put on the ballot and passed. Even though it has been a nightmare, we need to complete a year of collecting fees to know if the program will be profitable. Until that report is delivered, I am not interested in adding another expense to the seawall.

Here is a fact, like it or not: As long as there is parking on the south side of the seawall, we will have traffic jams. Putting a few trolleys in the middle of these traffic jams, while cute, will not solve the problem. When is this city going to stop being so ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) about everything? Let’s just use some common sense for once. If the paid parking is not profitable then we will legally do away with it. Then — and only then — should we discuss using trolleys on wheels.

Joan Mertens


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Gary Miller

The first step in trolly planning should be making sure the people using it pay the full cost of providing it.
Otherwise it will become another boondoggle used to spend OPM and hire more city employees.

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