Ocean City Finalizes Bid to Use Jeep Wranglers for New Boardwalk Trams
Posted: Aug 9, 2018 8:52 PM
By Nicole Edenedo
(OCEAN CITY, Md.) - Expect to see more Jeeps pulling tram cars on the Ocean City boardwalk as early as next summer.
Ocean City has finalized bids to bring eight new sets of tram coaches that will be able to fit more passengers on board.
"We're riding the tram because it's too hot to walk. I got burned yesterday on the beach so today we decided we'd take it easy and just take the tram around," said Maureen Beccari, a Bucks County, Pa. native who was riding the tram for the first time Thursday afternoon.
Late last year the town voted to upgrade some of the trams nearing the end of their lifespan. Jeep Wranglers were found to be more efficient and cost-effective. The new trams will each pull two coaches able to fit 80 passengers total as well as new sound systems and cameras.
"My legs [and] feet swell so it's easy to get on, ride, take the weight of my feet," said Claudia Haynes, a visitor from Syracuse who regularly uses the tram every time she visits Ocean City.
The cost of the new trams will be a little over $1.2-million.