There used to be a trolly that ran up and down State Street in Erie. Could that concept be revived?
The transportation landscape of downtown Erie may soon change. Erie is undergoing a renaissance unlike any other in the last several decades. Like most change, it started with a conversation and then, an exchanging of ideas.
Those ideas lead to plans for action, like the ones put forth by the Erie Refocused Plan. One facet of those plans is transportation, specifically, how inter-city transportation initiatives can enhance a community’s economic development.
That same Erie Refocused report called for an iconic connection between downtown Erie and the Bayfront.
Executive Director of All Aboard Erie, Brian Pitzer, tells us, “People walking uptown by Hamot, let’s say, won’t be intimidated by crossing the Bayfront and getting to all the attractions, the growing attractions on the Bayfront. So, we thought a trolley would be, could be, a perfect fit for that solution.”
There’s a panel discussion today at the H.O. Hirt Auditorium located inside the Blasco Memorial Library on Erie’s Bayfront. The event gets underway at one this afternoon and is free and open to the public.