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Sep 11, 2012 7:02 PM by Katy Harris - MTN News

Our Lady of the Rockies tram moving forward

BUTTE- Residents may soon see Our Lady of the Rockies tram come to life after over a decade of discussion. Representatives from Our Lady of the Rockies will hear from residents living in the area of the proposed tram route on Tuesday night.

Forty acres of land has been purchased off Continental Drive to build a tram dock and a tourist center for visitors. Residents are concerned the future tram will be intrusive to the surrounding neighborhoods but supporters are confident the tram will not cause a disturbance to anyone in the area.

"It would be huge. Our tourism season is primarily in the summer months and so this would allow us to expand that into what we call the shoulder season and the shoulder seasons are those months naturally before and after summer and if we could have the tram operate nine, ten months of the year we could bring so many more visitors in. It's a very clean industry, the tram is very quiet," said Maria Pochervina of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Tourism Business Improvement District.

Our Lady of the Rockies President Jim Lynch says once a financing plan is in place construction will begin. The project is estimated to take about a year to build.

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