'Loop Trolley' project takes a step forward in U. City

A long talked about transit line between Forest Park and University City may soon become a reality.

The University City Council gave final approval to the plan Monday night in an unanimous vote.

The Loop Trolley electric rail line will run from the University City Library to the Missouri HIstory Museum. It will be located on Delmar and DeBaliviere boulevards.

“I believe this trolley will be a great economic boom not only to the 2.5 mile stretch, but also the region,” said University City Mayor Shelley Welsch.

The project will cost about $43 million. However, some of those expenses will be offset by a $25 million federal grant that the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District received this Spring.

Construction bids for the project are due by July 31.

The Loop Trolley line has run into controversy in the past. In Fall 2013, a lawsuit filed against the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District claimed the groups had violated state election laws and the U.S. Constitution.

But, if the rail line is actually built, it won’t be the first time the Delmar Loop has seen a trolley run through its neighborhood.

According to organizers, a streetcar system serviced the area until 1966.

KSDK.com ©July 2014
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