is a community built on transportation. Situated along the Ohio
River at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, it was created
by railroad industrialist, Collis P. Huntington, to be the terminus
of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. A key part of the communities
attractiveness is Marshall University, Heritage Village, and the
Downtown Commercial District. This area, from Hal Greer Boulevard
to Eighth Street, consists of shops, offices, restaurants, lodging
places and residences that form the core of the city.
large part of the charm of Huntington is its setting. It's founders
had the foresight to create wide Avenues and Streets by which commerce
could travel. However, like most cities, the urban core is slowly
dying. Many factors such as the advent of suburbia, the interstate
highway system, and the change in the economic base, has forced
retail vendors to move out to large mall developments where parking
is plentiful and convenience is the king.
Tri-State Transit Authority operates a rubber tired bus service
to Huntington, Barboursville, and other communities in our region.
It currently operates a facility at the corner of 13th Street and
Fourth Avenue known as the "Greyhound Bus Station". It
is this authors understanding that the many of its services will
be relocating its transfer station to Pullman Square, the $54 million
retail and entertainment complex. This creates an opportunity for
the Trolley Car to create a "funnel" to bring the Marshall
Students to and from this exciting retail/parking area. Additionally
the reduced number of buses on the Greyhound lot will allow for
the construction of the maintenance building to service the Trolley.
our belief that a Trolley Car System, as a component of the Pullman
Square Project and other improvement projects in the Downtown will
enhance the overall atmosphere and make shopping and doing business
in Downtown Huntington fun and convenient.