MANAGED TOURISM. HISTORIC TROLLEYS
MISSION & VISION
We fell in love with the unique history of DUMBO and its rail tracks with a vision to restore them to their former working condition; to run an electric battery-powered, whisper-quiet, zero emission trolley service as a local hop-on-hop-off transit solution. An historic opportunity to bring back trolleys as a visitor attraction in support of all local businesses.
THE DUMBO LOOP
We advocate expanding the current Capital Street Reconstruction Project to incorporate replaced tracks that are 100% functional, not simply decorative; a much needed local transit option with designated photo stops under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, and call-outs to businesses along the route.
From the pool of surviving vintage cars we propose an uprated trolley operation. These “new-old" trolleys retain refurbished vintage components, typically, fixtures and fittings, trucks and woodwork, with new climate control and WIFI.
Single-Truck, Semi-Convertible Enclosed Trolley
Length: 30 feet • Width: 8.5 feet • Height: 13 feet
Weight: 24,400 lbs • Max Speed: 30 mph • Seating: 24 seated, 22 standees
BROOKLYN TROLLEY DODGERS
Trolley cars were the basic public transportation in Brooklyn for much of the last century. Indeed, the Brooklyn Dodgers were originally the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers, so named for Brooklynites leaping aside from oncoming trolley cars.
The first urban light rail system began operations in New York City in 1832—two years before Brooklyn was incorporated into a city itself—as a small, boxy car pulled by horses over rails embedded in the street.
By the late 1880's electric generator and motor technology was a viable power source for streetcars, and in 1890 the City of Brooklyn opened the Coney Island Avenue line. Beginning in the 1920's, however, the trolley companies (all privately owned) began to be challenged by expanding automobile ownership.
In the 1930's the Presidents' Conference Committee (PCC) was formed to solve the problems of urban transit but unfortunately, the progress in streetcar technology came too late to save New York City's trolley lines. On October 31, 1956, the last three trolley lines in Brooklyn ended their run.
Today, as we face the problems of energy conservation, air and ground pollution, and traffic congestion, numerous municipalities that retained their trolley systems are now looking to expand them, while others have found funding to build anew.
Help us bring back the only working trolleys in New York City and create a new clean transit and visitor attraction in DUMBO. Ding-ding!