EDITORIAL: Off the rails just might work

York Dispatch Editorial Board
York City Trolley made its debut on Sept. 1 at the centennial photo event in which residents recreated an image from 1919. The transportation is expected to begin making routes in York City this fall.

Thumbs up: If you find yourself hopping a “trolley” in downtown York City this fall, thank local entrepreneur Toni Calderone for the trip down memory lane.

No, they’re not really trolley cars — they’ll be running on rubber, not rails — but the new four-bus fleet is designed to evoke nostalgia while shuttling visitors around the downtown area.

York City Trolley is the brainchild of Calderone, owner of O.N.E. Hospitality Group, and has been in the works for a while, she said.

The buses are set to start running this fall, operating on Fridays and Saturdays on a timed schedule. The current route will cover areas such as York College, Royal Square, Beaver Street and PeoplesBank Park.

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"We're really excited to get more people downtown to experience what we've been working hard on for the past several years," said Calderone, owner of O.N.E. Hospitality Group.

An all-night pass will cost $5, and one-way pass will be $3. Tickets can either be purchased through the York City Trolley app or by cash when boarding the bus.

Downtown Inc director Elaine Bonneau said she views the new transportation system as an additional way to encourage tourism, improve economics and supporting the overall vibrancy York City offers.

"I thought, 'This is really a game changer for York City,'" she said. "Having access to transportation does allow people to feel safer and maybe go a little bit farther and navigating the city more than they would on foot."

Thumbs down: Mosquitos have tested positive for West Nile virus in four York County municipalities so far this season, and residents need to do more to help prevent its spread.

West Nile virus is most commonly spread to humans via mosquito bites after the insects contract the virus from feeding on infected birds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More:West Nile virus found in four more York County mosquito samples

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Lee Graybill, program administrator of the Mosquito Surveillance Program in York County, places mosquito traps at a location off of Roosevelt Avenue in York, Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Captured mosquitoes will be tested for West Nile Virus. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

There's no vaccine and no treatment available, but most people who are infected don't experience any symptoms, the CDC reports.

However, about one in five people with the virus will experience a fever, and other symptoms including rash, head and body aches, joint pain, vomiting or diarrhea. And an even smaller number — about one in 150 — will develop a severe illness, such as brain inflammation, impacting the central nervous system,

Infected mosquitoes recently were found in Hanover, York City and Fairview and Manchester townships.

The best way to control the mosquito population is for residents and property owners to clean up debris on their property and eliminate standing or stagnant water that collects in swimming pools, discarded tires or other containers, according to experts.

Residents who have concerns about mosquitoes in their area can submit a report through the Pennsylvania West Nile virus website at westnile.state.pa.us or contact the York County Mosquito Surveillance Program by calling 717-840-2375 or emailinLMGraybill@yorkcountypa.gov.

Thumbs up: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration are holding a meeting next month on an Interstate 83 widening project that could affect owners of property near the freeway.

More:Public hearing set for I-83 widening project update

I-83 widening project

The two agencies, in conjunction U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will hold the public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Central York Middle School. Doors open at 5 p.m., and those who wish to speak must register at www.i83northyork.com/ea-public-hearing.

The widening project covers roughly five miles of the I-83 corridor from Exit 19 to Exit 22, Market Street to North George Street, in York County. The process entails widening the interstate from two to three lanes in each direction, improving interchanges and a variety of other measures.