St. Charles applies for grant that could reinstate trolley system

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by Emily Rau / News 4 and KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 29 at 3:05 PM

(KMOV) -- The city of St. Charles is applying for grant money that could require it to begin operating a trolley system, one they canceled a few years ago because it was losing too much money.

The city council approved the application for the grant at a meeting Tuesday night.

If the city receives a $10,000,000 TIGER federal grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation grant, some of the money would go toward reconstruction of the corridor between 5th Street and First Capitol Drive.

It would also obligate the city to reinstate the trolley service, which was ended in 2010 because of budget concerns. The city said at one point the trolley system was costing about $15 per person because no one was riding it.

This time around, some council members want to see a different strategy if it comes back. But they still voted in favor of the grant application without knowing what, if any, changes would be made to the trolley system.

“My concern is that I would like assurance form you that you’re not going to leave these two entities A, create one in its form just to be a trolley and B, that we are looking at ways to enhance our communities transportation internally,” Third Ward Alderman Laurie Feldman told St. Charles City Engineer Kevin Corwin, who’s in charge of the grant application.

Tenth Ward Alderman Bridget Ohmes reiterated the point.

“I don’t want to see just one trolley coming back doing the same thing it was doing years ago because we already figured out the cost was $15 a person because there were no riders.”

The TIGER grant application is due by June 3 and St. Charles will find out who gets the money by the end of the summer. The city of Joplin and the Gateway Arch Project won the past two TIGER grants.

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