Loop Trolley reaches next phase of testing, running entire track

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UNIVERSITY CITY,  Mo. _UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. _Days after saying they need a half million dollars to stay afloat, those with the Loop Trolley plan to begin testing trolleys today on the full 2.2 mile line. Trolley organizers say the testing starting today is critical because it`s the first time the trolleys will be tested on the complete track not just a portion of it.

The testing starting today is called system integrated testing or the 'SIT' phase. Project organizers say the first full system runs will be performed below standard operating speeds with the trolleys being accompanied by vehicles.

This testing will assess the whole system with special attention paid to how the system interacts with platforms, signaled intersections, switch points and safety mechanisms.

Trolley organizers say it`s important that cars park all the way against curbs inside striped parking lanes to avoid any accidents with the trolleys. This new testing starts after trolley officials said late last week that they need an extra $500,000 or the project may be insolvent by January.

Trolley officials have sent a letter asking for the money to both St. Louis city and county officials.

Today, tomorrow and Wednesday the testing is scheduled to run from about 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Next week it will shift to early morning hours.

This testing phase is set to continue until mid-January.

There is still no official opening date for the trolley.

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