Safety testing and operator training are scheduled to be conducted on the Loop Trolley route daily from July 27 through Aug. 3. If the process does well, Bi-State Development will restart the service from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Aug. 4 through Oct. 30.
For the test week, the Loop Trolley will operate from noon to 5 p.m. on the 2.2-mile route on Delmar Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue, between the University City Library and the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. No one except trolley staff will be allowed on board during the testing and training.
When safety testing and operator training have been completed, representatives from the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District, Bi-State Development, Metro Transit and the Missouri State Safety Oversight Committee will review the results to determine if any adjustments are needed before trolley operations are restarted as part of a three-month trial program.
Pedestrians, cyclists and motorists along the trolley route are encouraged to remember these tips:
- Vehicles cannot be parked on the trolley rails and must be completely within the white lines. Illegal parking will result in fines or towing.
- Do not stand, walk, ride or drive on the white diagonal striping that follows the trolley route.
- Trolleys operate in traffic with other vehicles and share the same lanes at times, but they are not able to swerve or steer to avoid vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians.
- Pedestrians should cross the street only at the marked crosswalks. Remember, the trolleys operate on rails in both directions, so look both ways before crossing the street.