Questions & Answers - Facts about the project
How does the trolley fit within our regional transportation
The trolley will play an important part in the region's public transportation infrastructure and economic growth. The first phase, proposed to operate on Delmar and DeBaliviere, will serve two MetroLink stations, making it easy for passengers to access destinations throughout the region without using a car. This will ease traffic congestion and reduce pain at the gas pump!
Where will the trolley operate?
The trolley 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 trail will be constructed on 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. This design could be slightly modified during final engineering after the final operation plan is selected. 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 vehicles using overhead electric technology. The replica vehicles are accessible by people with disabilities - which is required by law. They provide flexibility in locating stations because there are doors on both sides of the cars.
What will it cost to build and operate? When will it operate?
It will cost up to $43 million to build the system and $1.2 million per year to operate, depending on the number of hours of operation. The hours of trolley operation, fares and other operational issues have not yet been finalized.
How many will ride?
Ridership will depend on the number of hours of operation and funding for the operations of the system.
Who will own and operate the trolley?
The Loop Trolley will be owned by the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District. The district will seek proposals from other entities to manage the operation of the Trolley.
When will the trolley in revenue service?
Construction will begin in 2014 with revenue service commencing in 2015. Who supports the effort to restore trolley service? In addition to The Loop Trolley Company, East-West Gateway Council of Governments and Citizens for Modern Transit, this effort has received support from our congressional delegation, University City, the City of St. Louis, the Missouri Historical Society, along with The Loop Business District and numerous neighborhood groups.
Why a trolley and why now?
There would be many advantages to operating a trolley in The Loop for both the area directly served and the region as a whole.
Connectivity: The Loop Trolley will link two existing MetroLink Stations to cultural institutions like the Missouri History Museum, the University City City Hall, and all the attractions in The Loop like theaters, restaurants, offices and shopping opportunities with vibrant mixed-use and residential neighborhoods.
Economic Development: Trolleys have proven to be a catalyst for residential, commercial and recreational development in cities like Memphis, Little Rock, Tampa and Portland. This is key for the east section of the alignment.
Pedestrian-Friendly Neighborhoods: Trolleys make it easy for people to get around and stop at several locations without the problem of finding parking. This will only enhance The Loop and all that it has to offer as one of the Ten Great Streets in America as designated by the American Planning Association in 2007. It will also provide access into Forest Park, one of the city's highlights.
Environmentally-Friendly: Trolleys are a great way for St. Louis to go green. Because they are powered by electricity, trolleys are much quieter and cleaner than gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. They also enable individuals to reduce their carbon footprint, so everyone can do their part to go green!
Tourist Attraction: Trolleys can also enhance the unique and special sense of place that is The Loop and the St. Louis region. St. Louis is famous for its historic streetcars. This brings history alive for residents and tourists alike.
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.