Loop Trolley Plans to be Discussed Wednesday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - 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 and Wednesday, they could get answers.

Plans for an electric trolley from the Delmar Loop to Forest Park are moving along, so to speak, but not everyone is on board.  So Wednesday night, the Trolley Company will hold a public meeting to answer questions.

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.

Wednesday's meeting is at the University City Library on Delmar across from City hall at 6:30 p.m.  There is no formal presentation, but engineers and other from the Loop Trolley Company will be available to answer questions.