The developers brought in speakers from Charlotte and San Francisco to tout the benefits of trolleys and in 2006 purchased two 1930s-vintage Charleston trolleys that had been converted into a home in West Ashley, thinking the streetcars might be renovated and returned to service some day. The Great Recession put an end to all that.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Loop Trolley Co. recently notified local officials that it must have the money to cover startup costs and operating deficits. Loop Trolley President Les Sterman said in the Oct. 19 letter that the nonprofit firm will be insolvent by January because of recurring delays in construction, testing and regulatory approvals.
Shopping trolleys at Tesco's biggest supermarkets will be left unlocked when the new £1 coin is released on Tuesday. The company said it was an "interim" measure while it carries out work to replace the locks on its trolleys to take the new 12-sided coins. Fewer than 200 of Tesco's 3,500 UK stores have trolleys which need a coin or keyring token to use them. Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's have said their trolleys accept both the old coins and tokens and the new ones. Tesco said in a statement: "We're replacing the locks on our trolleys to accept old and new pound coins as well as existing trolley tokens.
You know the drill by now: A runaway trolley is careening down a track. There are five workers ahead, sure to be killed if the trolley reaches them. You can throw a lever to switch the trolley to a neighboring track, but there's a worker on that one as well who would likewise be doomed. Do you hit the switch and kill one person, or do nothing and kill five? That's the most famous version of the trolley problem, a philosophical thought experiment popularized in the 1970s.
Even the initial purchase of the city's three trolleys -- the trolley service initially started with two, with one for backup before the city reduced its service to one trolley per hour based on demand -- didn't cost the city a dime. Federal transit funds covered 83 percent of the purchase while a private donation from a local resident covered the remaining 17 percent. Overall, the three buses were purchased for $363,814, with two trolleys bought in 2007 and the third in 2008.