PALESTINE, TX–Steve Presley, candidate for Palestine mayor, on Saturday said that it was time for new businesses to give Palestine a chance and since “they won’t bring new businesses to Palestine, [he’ll] bring Palestine to the businesses.”
Presley, an avid supporter of the Texas State Railroad, said that his idea definitely stemmed from his love of the railroad.
“I love the railroad, I love trains,” Presley said as he pointed to an impressive model train setup during a tour of his home for reporters.
“It was this love that made me think about the lack of local businesses, such as Chick-Fil-A, Sam’s Club, Burger King or Target, and how I could bring the Palestine people to these businesses because they refuse to open locations for our booming economy,” Presley explained, “And then I thought about a trolley and that’s when I knew I was on to something big.”
Presley detailed to reporters how, if elected, he will engineer, develop and build a trolley car system to transport Palestine residents to and from Tyler so that they can have access to the wider selection of businesses open in that city.
Presley said such an endeavor won’t be cheap for riders, but stopped short of giving cost figures to build the trolley system.
“It’s probably going to cost about $90 per ticket to make the three-hour trip to Tyler, but thats a two way ticket,” Presley said.
Presley has considered every detail of the construction process saying that the trolley will cut some of the traffic on Highway 155.
“It’s a heavily traveled highway, but Palestine residents will be able to get on the trolley at the depot we will build at Loop 256 and Highway 155 and travel, basically down the middle of the highway right into Tyler,” Presley explained. “We’ll be eliminating two of the four lanes to accommodate the trolly.”
The trolley is expected to launch in 2019.