Study begins on proposed St. Louis trolley system

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 7 at 10:28 AM

(KMOV.com) – The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis paid for a feasibility study for a street car system that would connect Downtown Grand Center and the Central West End.

Those supporting the proposal say a street car system would be offer a different service than MetroLink, with stops every few blocks in front of restaurants and other attractions.

“I believe that great cities in this country and great cities in the world have great public transit,” said Steve Smith, CEO of Lawrence Group. “So we really believe that St. Louis as a great city should have the best public transit system that this community can afford to put in place and that’s what we’re trying to do here.”

Early estimates for the project put it the cost at more than $200 million.

One proposal would ask property owners along the streetcar route, to pay more in property taxes. Friday residents can learn more about the plan at the Moto Museum on Olive Street during an open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m..

It’s an open house... From four p-m to seven p-m. 

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