A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed in October against the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District, which is developing a trolley in the Delmar Loop.
The suit alleged that the creation of the district violated the U.S. Constitution because nonresidents were allowed to vote on the matter.
Judge Stephen Limbaugh’s order says the plaintiffs, including former University City Councilwoman Elsie Beck Glickert, lacked “subject matter jurisdiction.”
The Federal Transportation Administration in March awarded the Loop Trolley Transportation District $25 million for the project, which has long faced delays. The trolley would run from the University City Library east down Delmar Boulevard to DeBaliviere Boulevard and south to the Missouri History Museum.
Joe Edwards, the Delmar Loop developer and owner of Blueberry Hill who has pushed for the trolley, said bids would go out at the end of next week. In about four weeks, he said, a contractor will be chosen.
The University City Council is expected to extend the project’s conditional use permit Monday night.
The project’s overall cost will be about $43 million, Edwards said, comprised of the FTA grant, tax increment financing, private donations and new markets tax credits.
“It’s all supporting a project that can be a prototype for other areas of St. Louis,” Edwards said.
St. Louis Business Journal ©April 2014