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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ocean City Denied Grant To Help Fund Tram Replacements

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.

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why should here be a state or federal grant to finance a useless luxury?

Anonymous said...

Well, seems OC is ill prepared to replace anything, including benches. What do they do with all that money that they nickle and dime people out of.

Concerned Retiree said...

Trams and Buses are self-sufficient / profitable. Why is that money used for replacements and repair / upkeep? Another example of very poor management in OC management. Quit getting the tax payer to pay your bills.

Anonymous said...

Looks like maybe the tourist need to pony up more money.

Anonymous said...

Aw, just charge the tourists to walk the boardwalk like NJ and they's get the same revenue without any expense.

Anonymous said...

Where does all the $$ go you ask 510, next time the yearly release of OC salaries takes place (normally can see them in the 2 OC papers), the majority of the resources go to folks who are very late in their careers and on the higher end of the salary range. Then take a look a the police breakdown to include OVERTIME. Some make double their salaries easily! It will be interesting in the next 15-20 years as the age of the workforce gets younger since the older generation will be retired or gone to the beyond!