Thursday, July 30, 2009
Could Loop Trolley Finally Be Rolling Toward Reality?
By Chad Garrison
on Thu, Jul 30, 2009 at 3:12 PM
to install a trolley from the University City Loop to Forest Park moved one tiny step closer to fruition yesterday.
At its meeting Wednesday, the area's chief planning organization -- East-West Gateway Council of Governments -- gave approval for the route
and design of the trolley. As proposed, the streetcar line would run along Debaliviere and Delmar boulevards from University City Hall to the History Museum Forest Park.
Approval from East-West Gateway, however, is one of the easiest hurdles
the trolley project faces. Much more difficult is raising $50 million
to build the 2.1-mile track and purchase the street cars. Operating the
trolley will cost another $4 million a year.
Yesterday Terry Freedland, who led the project for East-West Gateway, told KWMU: "At this point, we don't know where that funding's going to come from."
Beginning last year, businesses along the route began paying a 1 percent sales tax to fund the trolley. But the tax only collects between $300,000 and $400,000 annually.
It's still a long way off, but Joe Edwards