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St. Louis - November 2007

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Rail Transit Online, November 2007

A Request for Proposals has been issued by the Loop Trolley Co. (LTC) for conceptual engineering and environmental analysis of a proposed streetcar line connecting the University City Hall at Trinity and Delmar to the History Museum.  The L-shaped route, slightly over two miles (3.2 km) in length, would also serve the Loop District, the Delmar and Forest Park MetroLink stations and Forest Park.  The study will be conducted in cooperation with University City, the state of Missouri and the City of St. Louis.  Seven years ago, under the sponsorship of Metro, consultants completed the $200,000 Delmar Boulevard Trolley Feasibility Study which found that the rail line  would be practical, is likely to directly improve traffic and parking, would probably be a catalyst for economic development in a blighted area and is expected to draw tourists. The LTC, a subsidiary of the LRT advocacy group Citizens for Modern Transit, is now seeking to further advance the project in accordance with federal and state regulations to qualify for capital grant consideration under the Federal Transit Administration's Small Start program.  Proposals under the RFP are due at Citizens for Modern Transit headquarters on Dec. 3.  It is expected that the winning consultants will be notified in late January 2008.

Supporters of the project believe the rolling stock will most likely be a combination of vintage-bodied modern streetcars equipped with air conditioning, wheelchair lifts and modern electrical and mechanical gear augmented by restored historic trolleys.  The fleet will probably consist of eight cars which will run seven days a week, providing valuable transportation service for area residents.  Headways would be 15 min. during heavy traffic periods, with less frequent service at other times.  Crews will be a combination of volunteer workers and paid staff.

Web site: www.cmt-stl.org


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