OCEAN CITY — Resort officials are still exploring how best to replace the aging trams used on the Boardwalk and at Winterfest of Lights, but it now appears there will be no state or federal grant help with the potentially costly price tag.
For the last several months, the Transportation Committee has been exploring alternatives for repairing or replacing the city’s fleet of trams, which are nearing the end of their useful life. Refurbishing the trams to extend their life is one option under consideration, as are replacing them with new gasoline or electric models. Each option comes with its own benefits and, of course, price tags.
At the last meeting in May, committee members decided to explore a federal grant program for funding municipal transportation projects that feature low emissions. The grants come with a caveat, however. The federal grants passed through the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) would only be made available for projects that serve a bonafide transportation need.