Trolley proposal underway for Gaines Street, Midto...: Come mid to late July, three of Tallahassee's booming areas will be connected through a transit loop by way of a trolley. Written by TaMaryn Waters Democrat staff writer A proposal is underway to add trolley service to serve Midtown, Gaines Street and Cascades Park. If approved, the short-term plan is to "wrap" an existing city bus to resemble the look of a trolley until trolleys are brought to the city. Here comes the Rhythm, to the beat of a possible trolley route around Tallahassee hot spots. Inspired by the bubbling music and arts scene on Gaines Street, the soon-to-be amphitheater at Cascades Park and nightlife in Midtown, the Rhythm trolley will be a transit loop connecting the three areas - all booming with development. Tallahassee is no stranger to trolleys. The city had the service years ago but it focused primarily downtown. About 40 curious residents attended StarMetro's first listening session on the two-phase proposal that would, if city commissioners approve it on July 10, bring trolley service on line in mid to late July. A second chance to offer public input will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Council on Culture and Arts, 816 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The plan is to start off small by wrapping two existing buses' exteriors to resemble the look of a trolley. It would run from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, although some businesses are already lobbying for lunchtime service, said City Commissioner Nancy Miller. But actual trolleys, courtesy of the city of West Palm Beach at no charge to the city, would be brought in sometime in spring 2014. The trolley service would not be another "Night 'Nole" bus, a specialty transit service by StarMetro geared mostly toward college students along West Tennessee Street and nearby apartments. "This is serving more origins and destinations than that," said Brian Waterman, a planning manager at StarMetro, regarding the "Rhythm." Why the name Rhythm? "There's a music scene here in Tallahassee we are trying to build on," Waterman said, noting the large, vibrant music-inspired mural in the Gaines Street district, a unique bus shelter with steel musicians also there and ticketed concerts to come once the Cascades amphitheater opens in the fall. Those trolley-curious attendees Tuesday peppered StarMetro staffers with questions ranging from parking concerns for neighborhoods off Betton Place, added noise and an influx of drunk residents looking for a good time. But most appeared to be on board. Chris Robinson, 39, and John Wallace, 48, are members of the Midtown Working Group - a coalition of surrounding neighborhoods and businesses banding together to improve the developing district. Both are strong supporters of trolley service. "Hopefully, it will alleviate some of the parking in the adjacent neighborhoods," said Wallace, who lives in Midtown. "People can come here from downtown or Gaines Street and don't have to come and park in the residential areas." Robinson agreed, adding Midtown parking may become a growing issue as the area continues to develop. "I feel strongly that Midtown has a lot of synergy and there are dynamic things happening." For a city like Tallahassee, Robinson said the Rhythm trolley adds an amenity and infrastructure residents would expect in order to make the most of the city's nightlife.