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Aldergrove trolley aims to launch service this summer

The organization that is planning a trolley bus service for Aldergrove now has an official new name: The Aldergrove Trolley Company.

Although the trolley will now be launched a little later than the board of directors had planned, its business plan is 99 per cent finished, and the company bylaws are complete and have been approved by the board, said chairman Dave Miller.

The board had been targeting the B.C. Day long weekend to launch the first trip, but realistically it looks more like the Labour Day weekend now, he said. The August date still remains a possibility, Miller said.

He advised that Rich Coleman, MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove, has requested a copy of the business plan.

"He is interested in helping us as much as he can," he added.

The trolley bus will be similar to one used in Langford on Vancouver Island, and will provide regular service to the community, providing a link to the major employment base of Gloucester Estates, as well as the residential community of Pioneer Park on 0 Avenue, the town centre and the two shopping centres at the east and west ends of Aldergrove.

Meanwhile, the company is actively searching for its first trolley, which will then have to be inspected before it can be put into service, Miller said.

The company will be ready to present its business plan to TransLink, which must approve it, within two weeks, Miller added.

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