Work on The Loop Trolley will begin [in 2015].
1966: St. Louis’ last streetcar route makes its final run.
1997: At a neighborhood meeting, Joe Edwards proposes a fixed-track trolley along the Delmar Loop. The reaction? “Just total silence,” he says.
1998: Edwards and others begin working to build support.
2000: Metro completes its first feasibility study for the trolley. “To me,” Edwards says, “the best feasibility study of all is just to look to New Orleans or San Francisco.”
2001: The Loop Trolley Company is formed. Four years later, it purchases two vintage cars, placing one at the Missouri History Museum and one at Commerce Bank.
2008: The Loop Trolley Transportation Development District is established, with businesses along the route voting to create a 1 percent sales tax increase, with an estimated $500,000 generated annually as a result.
2009: The Delmar Bridge over the MetroLink, now “trolley-ready,” reopens.
2010: The Loop Trolley Project is awarded a $24.9 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration. “There were only five of those issued by the FTA,” Edwards says. “And 65 cities applied.”
2011: The FTA gives the Loop Trolley project the green light.
2013: University City’s city council votes unanimously to give the trolley a conditional-use permit, and the East-West Gateway Council of Governments finishes engineering for the project.
2014: The transportation development district holds public meetings to inform the public of plans and timelines. After bids come in $11 million over budget, rebidding pushes the project back two to three months.
2015: Construction is scheduled to begin.
2016: The Loop Trolley is slated to begin its 2.2-mile run from the Loop to the Missouri History Museum.
Future: Edwards hopes trolleys will come to other neighborhoods. Already, others are working on a trolley from downtown to Grand Center to the CWE.
St Louis Magazine © December 2015