Crews working on the Loop Trolley track in November (Credit: KMOV)
UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -
By now, the $51 million trolley line in the Delmar Loop should be up and running, but it is not.
“We're waiting on parts from Germany,” said Joe Edwards the Loop Trolley District Chairperson. “There's hope. There's light at the end of the tunnel.”
Edwards didn’t want to put a date on when the part should be in, but he’s hoping the trolley will be on the rails by mid-October.
News 4 found out the delay will not cost more taxpayer dollars.
Another likely reason for the delay is that each of the three trolley cars must have 300 miles of testing, but they only have 20 miles.
Edwards says testing has been done in the "dedicated track" area on Wabash near Des Peres Avenue.
However the holdup is on the core route on Delmar.
“The parts in traffic we can't turn on the overhead lines that supply the electric power until we check other things off the list. Once that happens. Woosh,” said Edwards.
Some who frequents The Delmar Loop like the idea of the delay.
“I was sorry to see it come. I think it's a bad idea of Joe Edwards. Maybe it'll pay off. It’s intrusive and inconvenient,” said Carmen Davis who visits often.
Davis and her husband come to The Loop for lunch regularly.
She remembers the trolley back in the 1960’s and doesn’t like it.
“It was very dangerous because cars would catch in the tracks particularly in bad weather,” said Davis. “And all the time the trolley would stop to let people off and the traffic will back behind them. I think it’s going to slow things down.”
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