30 August 2009

Trolley discussion live now on 55KRC. Mark Miller from WeDemandAVote.com and "Progresser" Joe Sprenguard.

4 comments:

Julie said...

You mean Streetcar. And what's with the quotes?

CityKin said...

Trolley refers to electric busses. Not sure why Mark would be debating the type of system Dayton has. I think he meant the modern streetcar (or trams) as they are commonly called.

Quim said...

and the reason for posting this at the last minute ?

Mark Miller said...

Quim,
Reason is the scheduled guest missed, and I was an emergency sub. I found out about it literally 3 minutes before airtime. I tweeted it to get some callers, and somehow it echoed through a link between my OpenID and blogs. That link was only supposed to go the other way. It should be fixed now.

CityKin,
Technically "trolley" refers to any vehicle that employs a troller. A troller is the conductive gizmo that slides along the overhead wire, drawing power from it. Dayton has trolley-buses. Just like it sounds, it's a regular old bus that draws power through an overhead wire and troller. Dictionary says streetcar=trolley=tram, but tram isn't common terminology in North America, and transit folks around here have adopted the term streetcar to distinguish the proposed vehicle from the old-fashioned trolleys we used to have. All of this is a long-winded way of saying, Yes, I should have been polite and not called them trolleys.

Julie,
"Cincinnatians for Progress" would have put me over Twitter's character limit.