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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI)- Construction of the Loop Trolley is on track but one group is hoping to stop the progress. According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, opponents of the project have filed another lawsuit seeking to block the $43 million streetcar line.

The trolley is scheduled to be completed by fall of 2016.

Last week, the concrete was just poured onto the tracks, and more progress is on the way.

The trolley would be a 2.2 mile loop between University City and Forest Park, with a turnaround at the Missouri History Museum. But a new lawsuit contends the trolley goes beyond its authorized boundaries.

It also says the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District, created to help fund the trolley through a sales tax, gave business owners more votes than residents.

The same claims were made in a federal lawsuit that was dismissed in 2014. Now these opponents have taken their argument to state court. The plaintiffs are two University City residents and one Delmar Loop property owner.

The $43 million project is being funded by a one percent sales tax within its boundaries, along with tax credits, grants, and private contributions.