Permit problems prevent Loop Trolley from full service on first day

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. - The Loop Trolley began operating Friday, but the first day of free rides did not come without a few bumps in the road. The trolley was running on a shortened route after University City leadership would not allow the trolley to run through its municipality.

The Loop Trolley route stretches 2.2 miles from the History Museum to the west end of the Delmar Loop. However, University City's City Manager Gregory Rose said the trolley company has not fulfilled the conditions of its permit just yet.

Rose told Fox 2, there are nine issues but two are considered "critical."

First, the trolley company has not provided a $300,000 bond that the city could use to restore Delmar Boulevard in the event the trolley project fails.

Also, the city is concerned about an electrical pole by the U. City Library could be dangerous to cars driving by. Rose asked the trolley company to put up barriers around the pole.

The $51-million project took three and a half years to construct and was delayed several times.

Both sides say they hope to have the issues resolved by early next week.