Permit issues limit St. Louis trolley in opening days

Leaders of the Loop Trolley Co. hope the company’s street cars will be able to traverse their entire 2.2-mile track soon, after permit issues in University City prevented the trolley from covering its entire circuit in its opening days.

The $51 million trolley line began carrying passengers Friday, about two years later than initially scheduled. It was supposed to run between Forest Park in St. Louis and the edge of the Delmar Loop in University City, but the trolley’s operators lacked proper permits from University City.

The company and city administrators agreed Monday on a $300,000 deposit the company will pay to cover the purchase of a bond that will fund demolition of the trolley infrastructure if the project fails.

University City officials have several other issues they want trolley officials to address. At least one, construction of protective barriers around electric equipment, must be completed before the trolley can run in the city, officials said.

Trolley officials hope to address those issues by Friday, when Christmas shopping season kicks into high gear.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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