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Lancaster - October 2008

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Lancaster — Circulator PCC On Display

Rail Transit Online, October 2008

One of three original PCCs obtained for a proposed downtown circulator streetcar line was placed on public display on city-owned property at the corner of North Prince and West Chestnut streets on Oct. 9 in an effort to drum up support for the project.

The car's deteriorated exterior has been cosmetically restored and members of the non-profit Lancaster Streetcar Co. have been distributing fact sheets about the scheme, which would create a 2.6-mi. (4.2 km) loop between Vine Street and the Amtrak station.

The FTA has twice rejected a request for a $14.2-million Small Starts grant to underwrite the project. Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray said he's now seeking federal money for a feasibility study from Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators. "The concept of it, I'm strongly in support of, but the practical implementation would require a lot of planning," Gray told the Lancaster New Era.


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