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Beline Obeid

August 07, 2014
GROSSE POINTE PARK — Worried about finding a parking spot near your favorite Grosse Pointe restaurant? Leave the car behind and hop the trolley instead.

Beginning Friday, Aug. 8, the K-Line Trolley will begin service, running along Kercheval between Moross in Grosse Pointe Farms to Wayburn in Grosse Pointe Park with several stops in between.

The brainchild of Park city manager Dale Krajniak, the trolley will help ease one of the problems with the popularity of several new restaurants in his city, the lack of parking.

"We're estimating that up to 75 parking spaces could be freed up if people start using the trolley," Kranjiak said. "It will also help to reduce problems with drinking and driving."

The trolley will run from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, with several marked stops along Kercheval, including on The Hill and in the Village. Children under age 17 must be accompanied by a parent. There is no charge, with funding for the project coming from the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation, the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce and several community businesses.

According to Krajniak, the trolley is scheduled to run through December.

"We expect the trolley to showcase our businesses and restaurants along Kercheval," Krajniak said, "and it will definitely reduce parking demands in those areas."

Grosse Pointe Farms resident Tim Vandenboom, a retired City of Grosse Pointe public service supervisor, will serve as operations manager and conductor.

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