Construction will soon begin on a new trolley that will connect The Delmar Loop to Forest Park, officials announced this week.
According to the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District, construction will begin in March with installation of a roundabout at the Lions Gates in University City. Construction on the trolley track is scheduled to begin in late May.
When complete, the 2.2-mile fixed-track Loop Trolley will run along Delmar Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue, connecting restaurants and destinations on The Loop with attractions in Forest Park, including a stop at the Missouri History Museum.
District officials say the trolley will help to promote pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods, generate tourism and economic development, and provide an environmentally friendly transportation alternative. They also hope that it will spur trolley systems in other parts of the St. Louis region.
According to the district, the project is expected to begin service in late 2016. In addition to the roundabout, the project will include landscaping, 10 station stops and rehab of vintage trolley vehicles. The district is also working with Great Rivers Greenway to extend the St. Vincent Greenway from Delmar along DeBaliviere Avenue south to Forest Park Boulevard.
The $43 million project is funded by grants from the Federal Transit Administration, the Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality Improvement Program and the Surface Transportation Program. The trolley also received proceeds from the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District and the Great Rivers Greenway District.
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St. Louis Spout & About © February 2015