for Local Fund Raising through the Proposed Trolley
Cost: Approx. $4.5 million
for hybrid street car demo tracks including diesel-electric
and hydrogen cell total “green” motive electric
power hybrids. Over-head wire would be an extra $4 million
at least. Landscaping and special trolley stop at the
Harley Davidson location would cost extra.
About a mile of track
is all this project will require and it is an all important
track installation that could be a tie-in of the Phase
One or Phase Two proposed plan for Topeka’s River
Front street car track alignment.
This project would put
demo streetcars of various types in Topeka temporarily
for enhancing expo and convention tie-ins and would enlighten
any audience or targeted groups about the subject of modern
streetcars within their cities.
This small area would
even allow Topeka to purchase or lease it’s first
streetcar(s) for local conventions and public events.
The purpose of this inclusion would to illustrate the
versatility of streetcar transportation in numerous situations
that one would find in the Topeka area such as typical
or untypical curb-side trolley stops, running tracks across
turf, flower gardens, parks etc. This expo area of modern
trolley operation would give the illusion of actually
traveling several miles due to the diversification of
entertainment features along the alignment.
In the Phase One River
Project, we will eventually want to include the Expo Center
and hotel area as a high priority inclusion, so this alignment
will already be installed and paid for locally before
we fund the approximately $148 or more River Front alignment
which will focus on Downtown (North and South Kansas Ave),
Oakland, Potwin,, Ward Mead, Gage Park, and Kansas Museum
areas, as well as the optional Highland Park, Vinewood
and Lake Shawnee areas.
The general public will
be able to ride and be entertained by an enhanced trolley
and bike/ped attraction. The alignment could have a one-way
bike trail on both sides of the tracks. The inclusion
of mini-parks would be a place for bicyclers to ride and
meet in attractive, landscaped rock gardens with picnic
tables, shade trees connected to and accessible to Shunga
Trail. This assumes that carnival space will still be
expo” attraction would offer optional places for
our local proposed “Trolley Club” to meet
on various occasions. It could be used for expos to generate
memberships and raise funds for the River Front / Downtown
The proposed area would
certainly be useful for setting a first impression image
of Topeka for many reasons, including attracting commerce
and illustrating the seriousness of a full-scale plan
for a Topeka trolley system formatted to attract tourism
from outside our city and to invite outside developers
to invest multiple billions of dollars along the 37 mile
streetcar track alignment.