City Council puts the trolley project on track

March 29, 2011

By Staff

The oft-delayed Issaquah Valley Trolley Project could be on track due to a recent City Council decision.

Before trolleys can run through historic downtown Issaquah, the decades-old tracks and trolleys must be restored. The long-planned restoration proposal received a boost from the council March 21.

Members awarded the $135,274 track refurbishment contract to Lakebay-based Coast Rail and, in the same legislation, awarded the $220,000 trolley contract to Mukilteo-based Advanced Construction.

The measure also increased the project budget to $524,700 from $517,400 to reflect the original project budget, and to account for $7,400 in additional federal funds and expenditures made to date.

The council rejected track and trolley bids late last year. Because the lowest bid for the track project amounted to $15,000 more than the state Department of Transportation had estimated, city engineers and project backers raised concerns about running out of money before the trolley car could be repaired.

The city oversees and administers the grant dollars used to fund the trolley project.

The nonprofit trolley group leased a trolley from a Yakima organization, and ferried more than 5,000 passengers through downtown Issaquah in 2001 and 2002 in a successful test.

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