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‘app’ In Hand, VIPs Take

Inaugural Trolley e-Ride

Preparing to take a first "app"-monitors ride to the Yellow Lot on a Cooperstown trolley car are, from left
Preparing to take a first “app”-monitors ride to the Yellow Lot on a Cooperstown trolley car are, from left, OPT Director Paul Patterson, Birnie Bus manager Peggy Bush, Village Trustee Ellen Tillapaugh, county Planning Director Karen Sullivan, Destination Marketing Executive Director Deb Taylor, Mayor Jeff Katz and Trustee Cindy Falk.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
At least Mayor Katz (in green shirt) was taking in Cooperstown's nationally known features. Everyone else on the inaugural ride had eyes glued to tiny screens to chart the trolley's progress.
At least Mayor Katz (in green shirt) was taking in Cooperstown’s nationally known features. Everyone else on the inaugural ride had eyes glued to tiny screens to chart the trolley’s progress.

COOPERSTOWN – A press conference this morning on the Baseball Hall of Fame steps launched a new “app” that allows tourists to check how soon the Cooperstown Trolley will be showing up at any one stop.

Mayor Jeff Katz, who was on the scene with trustees and county, City of Oneonta and Birnie Bus officials, gave credit to tech-savvy Village Trustee Jim Dean with proposing the app idea for the trolley system.

Today’s announcement was an expansion of a Otsego County Planning Department and Oneonta Public Transit collaboration announced last week, whereby commuters can check on an iPad, Smartphone, PC or other device when an OPT bus is due.

The map refreshes every 2.5 seconds.

This is a great opportunity to bring the county transportation system into a multi-media platform,” said county Planning Director Karen Sullivan.

OPT and the Planning Department partnered with Oneonta’s Sweet Home Productions on both the trolley and commuter bus initiative.

You can download the app on this page or at www.EverythingOneonta.com.

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