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Loop Trolley gets $1.26 million in federal funding through East-West Gateway

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments has approved a $1.26 million federal grant for Loop Trolley operations. The funding is through a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality or CMAQ grant with a $600,000 local match, which will be provided by the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District from its sales tax revenues.

The federal funding was essential for Bi-State Development to continue operating the Loop Trolley. Regional leaders and the Federal Transit Administration had asked Bi-State to put the trolley back into service this summer in order to avoid a default on federal transportation loans originally awarded to the project several years ago.

After various Loop Trolley assets were inspected and all required safety certifications were conducted and approved, rides restarted on Aug. 4.

One Loop Trolley car operates on the 2.4 mile route on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays each week from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. through Oct. 30. A second Trolley car serves as a backup.

The Loop Trolley is free to ride and has been popular in its first month, taking visitors and area residents from the University City Library along Delmar Boulevard to DeBaliviere Avenue into Forest Park where it turns around at the Missouri History Museum. Boardings for the first month in operation totaled 2,715. 

After Oct. 30, the Loop Trolley cars and infrastructure will undergo annual maintenance projects, safety inspections and certifications in order to be ready for service next spring.

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