Feds may pull funding for U. City Trolley project
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KPLR) – The University City Loop Trolley Project has been in the works for years and has its share of supporters and protesters. The project has been oncourse for the most part, but revamped designs are causing delays. If planners fall behind it could cause the Federal Transit Administration to pull the more than million 20 dollars it awarded to the project. University City developer Joe Edwards says the government wants tighter deadlines on how they plan to get the 2.2 mile project done.
“I’m excited that out of the 65 cities that applied for these funds the urban circulator grant money that St. Louis was one of them.’
Edwards says there have been several changes made to design plans.
‘Instead of circling the Missouri History Museum the trolley will go to the south side and stop and just reverse once it picks up riders. Each time you have a change like that engineers have to go back to the drawing board so to speak.” Said Edwards
He also went on to say; “The Federal Transportation Administration said we need to speed things up and make sure that we meet certain deadlines to prove the project can go forwardand we’re doing that. We’ve met the 30, 60 and now 90 day marks” Edwards said
If all goes well, crews will break ground in mid-2014 and launch in the spring of 2015. If by chance the October 15th deadline on progress is not met, the planning committee will have to regroup to get the project back on track. Edwards says he`s confident everything will go as planned.
“It will be a great prototype for other areas of St. Louis who are very interested in getting fixed track electric trolleys in their area.” he said