A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block the proposed $43 million trolley line in St. Louis County between the University City Library and the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. A backer of the project said bid packets will go out soon, and in roughly a month, the district should be able to choose a contractor and begin some work.
The original suit named the Loop Trolley Company, the Metro transit agency, the cities of St. Louis and University City, St. Louis County, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and others. Loop Trolley backers hope it will boost economic development.
It is funded by a 1-cent sales tax within district boundaries, as well as tax credits, grants, tax-increment financing and private contributions. The project is behind schedule, but the district last month won a key approval from the Federal Transit Administration.