Trolley-bus to connect two historic communities


L-R: Dutchess County Legislator April Marie Farley; Dutchess County
Executive Marc Molinaro, Beacon Mayor Randy Casale, Putnam County
Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra and Putnam County
Executive MaryEllen Odell

COLD SPRING / BEACON – The Putnam County Transit System announced the launch of an inter-municipal rubber tire trolley route from the Village of Cold Spring to the Mount Beacon Parking area off of Route 9D in the City of Beacon.
A ceremonial trolley ride for Dutchess and Putnam County officials embarked Thursday morning for the launch of the new route.
The new trolley route, which will run weekends on an every other hour schedule, will link the two counties and provide passengers with the opportunity to transfer directly to the Dutchess line and take their buses throughout the county. Also, the new route provides Mount Beacon hikers, children, disabled people and seniors, who don’t have a vehicle, with the ability to have a ride to and from the parking area when before there was no way to get back once you had gotten off the train.
Officials are hoping visitors to the area will now have a better opportunity to explore the region thoroughly.
“People get off here at the train station and they really don’t know what’s here,” said Putnam Transportation Manager Vincent Tamagna. “So, this is probably the best way and the best opportunity that we have to share everything that we have to offer regionally, between the City of Beacon and the Village of Cold Spring, in both counties and to allow people to have a very convenient way to explore all of the opportunities that we have.”
Since people will now have access between the key centers of both municipalities, a significant impact is expected to occur within the shared economy.
“Thousands of visitors coming every day from New York City and other areas to Beacon and Cold Spring; this will allow them to create a multi-day effort, a multi-day visit. Also, it will enable folks in both communities, whether they be visitor or resident, to enter into those communities, spend money, go to the restaurants, enjoy the festivals and events going on in both communities; so, there’s an economic benefit,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro. “We just believe this is a great opportunity to share services, to cooperate between the two communities and to enhance our shared economy.”
The first run for the new route begins at 8:00 Saturday morning at the Cold Spring Bandstand. Rates per destination are $2 for a one-way ride; children, students, seniors and disabled persons ride for $1.