Huntington 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.

A 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.

The 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.

It 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.

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