Informational Meeting on Loop Trolley Is May 16
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at University City Public Library.
There will be a public information meeting on the Loop Trolley at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the University City Public Library in the auditorium. A detailed presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Construction on the long-awaited Loop Trolley system is slated to begin in late fall, with a 2013 completion date.
Since a March meeting on the trolley at the Regional Arts Commission, there have been several developments in the project. St. Louis County is transferring control of Delmar Blvd to University City, Mayor Shelley Welsch announced April 25.
Residents in the city of St. Louis along Lindell Blvd. told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch they felt left out of the process. Citizens in University City expressed similar concerns at the last city council meeting.
The Loop Trolley route is a 2.2 mile fixed-rail trolley line along Delmar Blvd and DeBaliviere Avenue, extending from the Delmar/Trinity Ave. intersection to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.
Operators plan to have nine station areas — five single stations and four paired stations — along the route.
The trolley itself will be a a restored trolley or replica heritage trolley that will operat on an Overhead Contact System (OCS). The OCS will use a single wire connected to light poles to run the trolley at speeds between 15-25 miles per hour.
Once operational, the trolley will run year round, seven days a week. Right now plans are to run the trolley from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday with extended hours until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays.
The trolley will move at 20 minute headways.
Planners anticipate construction costs to build the system to reach $43 million. They anticipate a yearly operating and maintenance costs of $1.3 million once the system is up.
Construction funding is coming from the following sources:
- $25 million from a Federal Urban Circulator Grant
- $6 million from other federal funding.
- $3.5 million from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Monetization
- $3.5 million from New Markets Tax Credits
- $2-5 million in private donations.
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