Three trolleys will be used to tour city historic sites, starting at Southside Depot and ending at the Petersburg National Battlefield. One trolley will be used to shuttle riders during Friday for the Arts!
Two federal grants totalling
Dironna Moore Belton, manager of PAT, said the effort was a step toward bringing visitors at Petersburg National Battlefield, and other attractions, into the city.
"It's a chance to get people from the national parks to come to the city to see that it exists and see that it's a thriving community," Belton said.
The city got a jump start on the project when it rented a trolley in June to run the Friday For the Arts! route. The shuttle picks up riders from the parking lot of the
Belton said she is working on submitting a request for proposals for the assembly of the 34-seat vehicles within the next month. The city is working out details, such as requesting an open back and diesel engines.
Belton worked to obtain funding for the project at the direction of City Manager
The funding, which was received in March, comes from
The city is required to use a company based in
A manager will be hired to oversee the trolley routes, along with one part-time and three full-time drivers. In the future, Belton said, the city could consider charging a fare or renting the trolleys out for weddings and other events.
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