Loop Trolley construction complete, but months of testing is ahead

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Construction along the Delmar Loop Trolley has been completed, but it will still be months before the cars get the green light for public rides.

“A lot of testing for clearances and a lot of training with police, fire paramedics, and the operators themselves,” said Joe Edwards, with the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District. “The Federal Transportation Administration is very strict about testing, as they should be. We want to make sure it’s a very safe operation, which it will be.”

Trolley cars will be seen in the Delmar Loop starting within the next month, but that is only for testing at this point. The tracks and overhead wires are installed, but the project is not expected to be completed until late spring.

“I’m feeling magnificent. When I first brought this up it was 1997. It will be 20 years since first starting it to it coming to fruition. I’m really excited because it’s going to connect all of us here in St. Louis to the number one city park in the U.S., Forest Park, along with one of the ten great streets, the Delmar Loop,” said Edwards.

The cost for a ride is still up in the air. Project leaders said it will probably be similar to a MetroLink or MetroBus ticket.

The cars are fully restored vintage trolleys from the West Coast. Each car can carry about 100 passengers.

The headquarters for the Loop Trolley Company will be located at the old Delmar High School.

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