High bidder wins trolley -if he has the money
WHITTIER — Resident Joe Marsico’s dream finally came true Friday when he put in the highest bid to purchase the city’s last remaining trolley car. Only now Marsico has to come up with the $21,510 he bid. And that could be a problem because Marsico said he doesn’t have the money. “I’m going to pray for the money,’ Marsico said after the four bids for 14- year-old trolley No. 1898 were opened. “I just have to do this. I had a calling. I’ve had miracles in my life.’ Marsico, the longtime activist who attends most City Council meetings, was referring to his son, Henry, who had a heart transplant at the age of 9 and lived another 10 years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “This would be a mini-miracle compared to that,’ he said. Most likely, Marsico will have 60 business days from Nov. 8, when the City Council is expected to award the bid to him. Marsico said he wants to take the trolley around to other cities in Los Angeles County to push its use in transit systems. The city initially put the trolley up for auction in July, said Fran Shields, director of community services. The city of Lindsay bid $21,500. Marsico was the second highest bidder then, at $7,300 plus 5 percent of whatever revenue he generated from use of the trolley. However, Lindsay only had 10 days to pay for it and pick it up after it was notified on Aug. 30. That didn’t happen, so a second round of bids was sought. But this time Lindsay only bid $13,500. Marsico said he bid $10 higher than Lindsay’s previous bid to ensure the city wouldn’t lose money. The trolley was one of five used on Whittier Transit bus routes from 1990 to 1997. The first four trolleys were sold in 1998 for a total of $109,300. This trolley was kept as a backup vehicle and used for community events. But when Norwalk took over the transit service for Whittier, the trolley wasn’t needed as a backup vehicle and to keep it just for the Christmas parade didn’t make economic sense, Shields said. @tagline columnist:Mike Sprague can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, or by e-mail at email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!