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Tamagna gets ready to take the first ride of the bus
COLD SPRING/BEACON – The Putnam County Transit System announced
the launch of an inter-municipal rubber tire trolley route from the Village
of Cold Spring to the Mount Beacon Parking area off of Route 9D in the
City of Beacon.
A ceremonial trolley ride for Dutchess and Putnam County officials embarked
Thursday morning for the launch of the new route.
The new trolley route, which will run weekends on an every other hour
schedule, will link the two counties and provide passengers with the opportunity
to transfer directly to the Dutchess line and take their buses throughout
the county. Also, the new route provides Mount Beacon hikers,
children, disabled people and seniors, who don’t have a vehicle,
with the ability to have a ride to and from the parking area when before
there was no way to get back once you had gotten off the train.
Officials are hoping visitors to the area will now have a better opportunity
to explore the region thoroughly.
“People get off here at the train station and they really don’t
know what’s here,” said Putnam Transportation Manager Vincent
Tamagna. “So, this is probably the best way and the best opportunity
that we have to share everything that we have to offer regionally, between
the City of Beacon and the Village of Cold Spring, in both counties and
to allow people to have a very convenient way to explore all of the opportunities
that we have.”
Since people will now have access between the key centers of both municipalities,
a significant impact is expected to occur within the shared economy.
“Thousands of visitors coming everyday from New York City and other
areas to Beacon and Cold Spring; this will allow them to create a multi-day
effort, a multi-day visit. Also, it will enable folks in both communities,
whether they be visitor or resident, to enter into those communities,
spend money, go to the restaurants, enjoy the festivals and events going
on in both communities; so, there’s an economic benefit,”
said Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro. “We just believe
this is a great opportunity to share services, to cooperate between the
two communities and to enhance our shared economy.”
The first run for the new route begins Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at the
Cold Spring Bandstand. Rates per destination are $2 for a one-way ride;
children, students, seniors and disabled persons will received a reduced
rate of $1 per ride.