October 10, 2013

New Essex County trolleys, buses coming


ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County will use almost $1 million in state and federal aid to buy two trolleys, four buses plus equipment and software for its CHAMP Public Transportation System.

Both trolleys and all but one bus are going to Lake Placid for the village trolley system and the Whiteface Mountain skier shuttle.

The remaining bus will replace one in county service now that is wearing out.

The County Transportation Department is getting $932,400 in state and federal aid for the trolleys and buses, along with software, bus-stop signs and a garage hydraulic repair lift.

Most of the money is from the Federal Transit Administration’s Rural Transit Assistance Program Section 5311.

The County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the funding and expenditure on Monday.

Of the funding, $150,000 was the bid for one trolley and $156,800 for the other one; $425,000 for buses for Lake Placid and the ski run; and $200,000 for the software, including a GPS tracking system for the buses.

“We’ll be able to tell where the buses are at any time,” County Manager Daniel Palmer said at the meeting.

He said the required 10 percent local share will be paid by the Village of Lake Placid.

The county operates a public transit system of buses, with routes throughout the county, including daily runs from Lewis to Ticonderoga and Lewis to AuSable Forks.

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