ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Residents met with Trolley Company representatives Wednesday to discuss issues surround the street cars proposed to connect the University City Delmar Loop to History Museum in Forest Park.
Street cars stopped running in the 1960s, but they may be making a comeback in St. Louis. But many still have questions about the $43 million plan.
The trolley idea has been in the works for the past several years, but earlier this Spring, the final plans were unveiled. Vintage street cars would share the street with regular traffic, running every 20 minutes from the Loop to the History Museum in Forest Park.
Most of the money is coming from federal grants and a self-imposed tax on Loop businesses. With private donors, possibly Washington University, kicking in the rest, the project would be a go.
There has also been talk about install fiber optic lines along the trolley tracks to provide wireless technology along the trolley path. Supporters see street cars as a huge draw for the area. Opponents fear they’re going to get stuck with a million-dollar-a-year bill for operations and up-keep.
Then, there are concerns about traffic and parking, plus the effect a trolley could have on fire trucks and ambulances to get past in an emergency. Supports say having the street cars on Delmar would have no more effect on traffic than Metro buses do now.