San Clemente Councilwoman Lori Donchak, who is the fifth district representative on the Orange County Transit Authority Board of Directors, said in an email to the San Clemente Times that when the city adopted the General Plan last year, a transit system would be planned.
The cost, reconfiguration and transit routes all need to be discussed and planned.
“The trolley could take cars off the road, lessening traffic and also provide a way to get around for those that choose not to own a car,” Donchak said. “You can expect that train station(s) will be on the route.”
Donchak said she expects the city to apply for the grant in August, and optimistically the project would commence in about a year.
The grants the city is looking to apply for will amount to about $125,000, Donchak said during Tuesday’s city council meeting. For now, the plan is to keep the trolley system within San Clemente and specifically serve the residents within the area for local needs.
Until the trolley system is put in place, it would not be expanded for other uses, council members said.
A Mobility Task Force meeting is scheduled from 5:45 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Monday, June 8 at 910 Calle Negocio, Suite 100, Conference Room A. The trolley transit proposal will be on the agenda, and local organizations are expected to attend, Donchak said.