The Newburyport Trolley has been sold and therefore will not be returning to the City next spring. Tom Salemi was very accurate in saying that it would not pay for itself and that the whole concept was way too ambitious.
I had walked into their HQ in August at the corner of Route 1 and Merrimac and was very disappointed at the services offered to visitors. Most of their stress was obviously focused on the Trolley doing well.
The City was using the trolley for shuttle service from the train station. I wonder what they plan on using this coming tourist season.
I was horrified to hear that after this bad news, that the Visitor’s Center on Route 95 had been shuttered. It seems the state is doing everything it can to destroy any ability to make money from out-of-state visitors! First the sales tax increases, the addition of the liquor to the levy and an incease in the lodging surcharge. Now, visitors will have no access to general information about the state. Just lovely.
This on top of the fact that 4,000 people monthly on the average are leaving the state makes you wonder if sanity is bereft in Boston! And don’t get me started on Mark Richey’s situation!