The Loop Trolley Company Adds Staff as Preparations Continue for System Opening

ST. LOUIS – February 28, 2017 . . . The Loop Trolley Company is pleased to announce it has filled three key staff positions as the organization prepares to begin on-street testing of the trolley cars that ultimately will carry passengers on the much-anticipated trolley line. Tiffanie Manning has been hired as director of operations, while Mike Lieb joins The Loop Trolley Company as the new maintenance leader and Anthony Wallace comes on board as the new safety & training specialist.

Manning, who recently moved back to the St. Louis area after relocating to Virginia 6 years ago, brings more than 15 years of experience in transportation management and operations to The Loop Trolley Company. As director of operations, she will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the trolley. Prior to joining The Loop Trolley Company, Manning spent more than six years with Norfolk, Va.-based Hampton Roads Transit, most recently serving as manager of rail transportation.  There, she oversaw 50 employees, completed integrated testing for the startup of the organization’s light rail system and maintained the day-to-day operations of the 7.4-mile light rail system. Her earlier background experience also includes serving in multiple capacities with Bi-State Development’s Metro Transit enterprise over a span of 10 years.  She currently resides in Belleville, Ill.

As the new maintenance leader, Lieb will be responsible for leading other workers in the inspection, testing and maintenance of the trolleys and trolley operating systems in accordance with applicable standards and guidelines. His background experience includes spending nearly a decade with Bi-State Development’s Metro Transit enterprise, where he started as an electromechanic working on the light rail vehicles, and went on to become a traction power electrician before completing his time there as a signals electrician. During his time at Metro, Lieb was responsible for the inspection, maintenance, repair and diagnostic analysis of all components of the MetroLink wayside signaling and train control equipment. Prior to joining Bi-State Development, Lieb served 20 years in the U.S. Navy as a Sonar Technician. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and resides in Okawville, Ill.

Wallace, of Wentzville, Mo., brings more than five years experience in safety and project management to The Loop Trolley Company.  As the new safety & training specialist he will be responsible for the development, administration and enforcement of trolley safety programs and for developing and executing a comprehensive training program, while providing classroom and field instruction. His background includes serving as the assistant safety director at Hartman Walsh Corporation, where he was in charge of implementing safety policies set forth by OSHA and the Department of Transportation and ensuring all procedures were in compliance with local, state and federal rules and regulations. He also worked as project manager for the organization, overseeing projects and building and maintaining business relationships with clients.  Wallace holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

“The addition of these three qualified individuals to our team signifies an important milestone as we prepare for the start of on-street testing of the actual vehicles that will provide service on The Loop Trolley system,” said Les Sterman, President of The Loop Trolley Company. “We are thrilled to have them on board and look forward to continuing to expand the team that will be responsible for operating the Loop Trolley when it opens later this year. “

The Loop Trolley is a 2.2-mile, fixed-route, electrically powered, heritage trolley that will provide a memorable way to experience some of the best St. Louis has to offer. With all major construction completed along the trolley route in St. Louis and University City and vehicle testing underway, the Loop Trolley will link St. Louis City and County in an exciting new way. The trolley will run through the Delmar Loop along Delmar Blvd. and continue on DeBaliviere Ave., connecting people and neighborhoods, the past and the present.  From restaurants and shopping to entertainment, recreation and the arts, riders can take in the multitude of things to do along the route as they enjoy both the country’s “#1 City Park” and “One of the 10 Great Streets in America.”

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Owned by The Loop Trolley Transportation Development District and operated by The Loop Trolley Company, The Loop Trolley promotes connectivity, environmentally friendly transportation and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods to enhance quality of life, increase tourism and help spur economic development. For details, visit, where residents can sign up to receive regular updates via email, call 314-725-2115 or email For additional information, like the Loop Trolley on Facebook at or follow the organization on Twitter @LoopTrolley.

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