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Request for Proposal: Delmar Loop Trolley Construction Management Services 14-RFP-99129-DGR

Pursuant to the procedures of LTTDD’s Request for Proposal, the contract will be awarded to Kwame Building Group, Inc., the highest ranked proposer based on the published evaluation criteria. The maximum contract award amount over approximately 20 months is $1,436,663.80. A DBE goal of 81% was established for the project.

The Loop, one of the destinations along the proposed route.

Loop Trolley gets green light from University City

The University City City Council unanimously voted to give a conditional use permit to the Loop Trolley Company at the March 11, 2013 meeting. Though the plan had been discussed for years, only three people spoke at the meeting and there were scant comments from council members.

Loop Trolley receives $25 million in federal funding

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced nearly $25 million in federal funding for the St. Louis Loop Trolley Project on July 8. More than $400 million was awarded nationally through the federal Urban Circulator Program which is part of Obama administration's "Livability Initiative". The City of St. Louis is the sponsor on the project.

The Loop Trolley is a $43 million project to install a fixed-track trolley that would travel from The Loop to the History Museum in Forest Park. This 2.2 mile line would include ten stops and link to two MetroLink stations along the way. Stops along the route include the Missouri History Museum, Forest Park MetroLink station; Crossroads College Preparatory School; Laurel and Delmar; the Delmar MetroLink Station; the Pageant; the Tivoli; the Market and the terminus at Trinity Ave.

The East West Gateway Council of Governments recently completed the engineering for the project. The construction will commence in 2014.

East-West Gateway selects trolley design for Loop study area

In late July, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments’ (EWGCOG) Board of Directors approved The Loop Trolley Advisory Committee’s recommended trolley route, vehicle and other details. The selected approach is the outcome of technical findings and feedback from approximately 200 people who attended a public informational open house held earlier in the month.

Where will the trolley operate?

The trolley line will terminate at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park and head north up DeBaliviere. On DeBaliviere it will run in both directions in a single lane designated to trolleys only. Vehicular traffic will operate west of the trolley lane and a path will be constructed to the east. At Delmar the trolley will turn west and continue to operate in its own single designated lane, but now it will move to the center of the street, operating in the median, until it reaches MetroLink's Delmar Station. Just before the Delmar bridge over the MetroLink the tracks fork and the trolley will enter vehicular traffic and operate similar to a bus in two lanes through The Loop.

At the western terminus on Delmar, a roundabout will be incorporated in the design for vehicular traffic only.

Where will the trolley stop?

The Board approved ten station stops that will directly serve key attractions or be within reasonable walking distance to destinations. Locations include: The Missouri History Museum, Forest Park Metro, Crossroads College Preparatory School, Laurel and Delmar, Delmar MetroLink Station, the Pageant, the Tivoli, the Market and Trinity or Kingsland.

What kind of trolley?

The Loop Trolley Company will operate historic-looking "replica" vehicles using overhead electric technology. The replica vehicles are accessible by people with disabilities - which is required by law. They provide greater flexibility locating stations because there are doors on both sides of the cars.

What will it cost to build and operate? When will it operate?

The hours of trolley operation, fares and other operational issues have not yet been finalized, but the trolley will operate seven days a week.

How many will ride?

Ridership will depend on the number of hours of operation and funding for the operations of the system.

What’s next?

The TDD is awaiting approval to begin advertizing for the construction. This approval is expected soon.

To view a copy of the formal presentation from the July 8 Open House, click here.

Progress to Date

Phase I

Financial Planning
Established Advisory Committee
Financial Planning Workshop
Decision to pursue funding outside of Federal Transit Administration New Starts/Small Starts program;
this may be revisited later in project

Phase IIB

Task 1
Scoping and Coordination

Task 2
Community Engagement
Loop Trolley Advisory Committee meetings, public economic development forum in June, public open house in July,
neighborhood briefings (ongoing), two editions of the newsletter, Web site, Facebook updates, media coverage

Task 3

Existing/Future Conditions
Transportation, environmental, utilities, surveying and mapping, bridge analysis

Task 4

Problem Statement and Evaluation Criteria
Draft statement and matrix completed

Task 5

Alternatives Development
Two fixed guideway alternatives and design options developed; includes double and single track alternatives

Task 6

Conceptual design of alternatives
Two alternatives advanced to roughly 10% of final design plans; operating plans and station stop planning conducted
as well

Task 7

Evaluation of Alternatives
Alternatives "modeled" to determine ridership projections; various environmental studies conducted to assess impacts;
conceptual opinions of cost developed

Task 8

Selection of Preferred Alternative
Project team worked with stakeholders to identify and recommend the preferred alternative;
East-West Gateway board approved recommendation on July 25th

Task 9

Preliminary Engineering of Preferred Alternative
Preferred alternative advanced to 30% of design; cost estimates updated


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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