New Kenosha Trolly Has Some Residents Concerned

Kenosha – Some Kenosha residents are expressing anger and concerns regarding the  city’s new lakefront trolley.

The trolly operates on city streets and travels on a route from the Pennoyer Park bandshell on the city’s north side, through downtown and south to Kemper Center.

The rubber-tired trolley departs at 1:45 p.m. from the north end of Pennoyer Park at Seventh Avenue and 35th Street, and is scheduled to arrive at the southern end of its route 30 minutes later at Kemper Center, 6501Third Avenue.

It is scheduled to operate from 1:45-9:15 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays until the end of September.

But there are some lakefront residents who expressing concerned that the trolley will bring traffic jams, trash and vagrants to the historic area.

Area residents are concerned about track being picked up and lawns needing to be manicured. In addition, some residents s believe that there is not enough room for a trolly to go down Third Avenue in the summer. Saying that there’s not enough room for a trolley, let alone a car.

The trolley route passes several art galleries near the Union Park neighhorhood. Other highlights on the route include the History Center, the Civil War Museum and the Kenosha Public Museum. At 15 minute intervals, the trolley is scheduled to reach the downtown transit center, 724 54th St.

Ald. John Fox, who represents the downtown area, said he is committed to making the trolley a success.

“I’m 100 percent in favor of the rubber-wheeled trolly,” Fox said. “It’s a wonderful thing. … We will take into consideration residents’ concerns and make this work as a win-win for everyone.”

To view a map of the route, visit the transit page on the city’s web site:

Fares are $1 for adults and $.50 for children.

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