All Aboard for Trolleys in the Loop

Photo courtesy of flickr.com/photos/ella_marie

Photo courtesy of flickr.com/photos/ella_marie

Next Wednesday, July 8, the Loop Trolley Company will be displaying proposed routes and plans for the public to view during an open house at the Regional Arts Commission. Joe Edwards (the dude responsible for Blueberry Hill, the Pageant, the Moonrise Hotel and more) sat in on a forum this past Thursday morning at the St. Louis History Museum, alongside Catherine Powers (Planning Director at the City of Clayton) Joe Adams (Mayor of U City( and John Carroll (Chairman of Portland Streetcar, Inc. in Portland, Oregon). Each of them expressed their support and interest in seeing a new transportation mode up and down Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri.

This forum continued a 10-year long conversation about laying streetcar tracks that run from the Lions Gate at the east end of the Loop, down Delmar to DeBaliviere, then running south to circle around the History Museum. John Carroll told a story about Portland’s experience during his 14 years working in the downtown transportation program, which started similarly to the idea we have for St. Louis. Some of the interesting points he noted included lots of new business and residential development, an increase in foot traffic on the street, safer neighborhoods, and a great deal of pride. John Carroll said that they were able to complete the tracks in Portland at a rate of three blocks every two weeks. He also noted that although the Portland streetcars run in the same streets as cars and many bicyclists, they’ve only had one accident in seven years when a car ran a red light in front of a streetcar.

The public information open house is where the public can learn more, ask questions, and talk about the proposed route, trolley vehicles, impact on the neighborhood, and issues like accessibility, parking, and taxes.

RAC is located at 6128 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112. The open house runs from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, on, Wednesday, July 8. A 15 minute slide presentation can be caught at 4:30 pm or 6:00 pm. If you’d like to know more, or if you would like to request special assistance or accommodations, email info at looptrolley dot org or call Citizens for Modern Transit at (314) 231-7272.

To read more about the project, check out looptrolley.org or read Steve Patterson’s post at UrbanReviewSTL.

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