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About the Loop Trolley

In 1997, a community planning group engaged in a collaborative process with the City of St. Louis, University City, and Metro to explore ways of cultivating development around the Delmar MetroLink Station, an area of pedestrian concern. Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill and staunch promoter of The Loop revitalization, suggested that the streetcar system that once built the area and gave The Loop its name could help attract the development needed to extend the Delmar Streetscape and link the Delmar Station to The Loop.

Metro helped finance a $200,000 feasibility study that estimated the cost of a new streetcar system in 2000. The study, completed in December 2000, suggested that an electric trolley line was indeed feasible and even more efficient and effective than a system of buses disguised to look like trolleys. While a fixed track system would cost more to build, the operating costs of a fixed track versus a rubber tire system were almost identical. The study showed that the fixed track system offered long-term viability, with a 70% higher ridership than the rubber tire system.

Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) along with Joe Edwards and others created the non-profit Loop Trolley Company (LTC). CMT secured a grant from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and the Missouri Department of Transportation to purchase and renovate two historic vehicles for the new line. The renovation is complete and the cars are currently on display in front of the Missouri History Museum and Commerce Bank in The Loop. A preliminary engineering study wrapped up in May of 2011 with the Federal Transit Administration issuing a Finding of No Significant Impact. Final engineering is currently underway. . .

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Loop Trolley Board of Directors


J. Kim Tucci, Vice-President
Past House Company

Les Sterman, Vice-President
Southwestern Illinois Flood Prevention District

Ben Uchitelle,Treasurer
Attorney at Law

Joe Adams, Secretary

Tom Dunne

Karl Grice
Grice Group ARchitects

Lesley Hoffarth
Forest Park Forever

Maggie Hales
CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation

Sandra Moore
Urban Strategies

David Schmid
Regions Morgan Keegan Trust

Tom Schmittdiel
Rafco Properties and Development

Tom Sehr

David Wakeman

Rose Windmiller
Washington University

Stephen Gregali, Office of the Mayor

Kimberly Cella, Citizens for Modern Transit

Joe Edwards, Blueberry Hill

Maggie Hales, East-West Gateway Council of Governments

Susan Trautman, Great Rivers Greenway

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2000  Feasibility Study by Metro
2002  CMT established Loop Trolley Company (LTC)
2005  LTC acquired and restored two vintage trolleys
2008  St. Louis City redesign of Delmar Bridge
2008  Transportation Development District (TDD) established
Expected to generate $300-$400K per year
Funds to be used for capital costs of project
2008  Planning and preliminary engineering study begins
2009  New "Trolley Ready" Delmar Bridge over MetroLink to open
2009  Preliminary Engineering projected to be completed in December
2010  Preliminary Engineering completed
2010  Awarded a $24.9 million federal urban circulator grant
Identifying sources of Local matching funds including philanthropic sources
2011  FTA issues a Finding of No Significant Impact
2012 Final Engineering Underway

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Public Notice

The first contract has been executed for the Loop Trolley Project. A Contractor will be removing trees from the proposed alignment starting the week of Feb. 17. The trees must be removed before the migratory birds begin to nest in them in the spring. The work is expected to take approximately two weeks.

All trees that are removed will be replaced by the Project. Please take caution when traveling near the workers during this process.

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