HYDE PARK — Early survey results show Hyde Parkers overwhelmingly want a free trolley on 53rd Street.
During the first month of a survey by the commissioners of the 53rd Street Special Service Area, 82 percent of the 718 respondents said they would be absolutely or very likely to use a trolley.
The commission, which was formed in April and gets its revenue from a tax on property owners along 53rd Street, is considering the first major project it wants to fund.
Commissioner George Rumsey said responses to the survey, which started on Aug. 1, are still coming in, but the commission hopes to vote on the 53rd Street trolley proposal at its Sept. 24 meeting.
Rumsey said the goal was to have a trial run of the trolley going by Thanksgiving.
Most survey respondents said they would use the trolley several times a week to run errands or get to restaurants.
More than half of all respondents said they would be willing to wait only five to 15 minutes for the trolley, with a fifth of respondents saying they wouldn’t be willing to wait more than five minutes.
The trolley would cost an estimated $830 to run for 10 hours a day.
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