Lakewood trolley proposal takes a detour

LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- Plans for a new trolley service along Madison and Detroit Avenues in Lakewood have hit a bit of a roadblock.

The city fell short of their $12,800 funding goal to get the new service up and running through the Cleveland RTA by the end of August.

However local leaders are now exploring alternative strategies and possibly crowd sourcing to get the green light.

"Essentially we were just a little bit too short on being able to get the full amount of support that we need to be able to sign the contract," explained Lakewood City Councilman Shawn Juris.

"We want to make sure that the bar owners and the businesses that are sponsoring it don't necessarily have to bear the full cost that it can be more of a shared expense amongst those that are using it," he continued.

The original idea called for the new service to be paid entirely by local businesses, meaning free ridership, between 8 to 9 stops along downtown Lakewood to the west end.

An idea several businesses were on board with, but not enough supported financially.

"It'd really be cool if they could just park somewhere and hop on a trolley and go around town," said Darell Mikols, the general manager of World of Beer on Detroit Avenue. "We've talked with people, a few local bar owners, and restaurant managers, and they're pretty much all for it and think it will definitely help increase business."


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