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Loop Trolley Project Update. June 20, 2011. An Overview. 2.2 miles long $43 million project cost A unique collaboration Construction should begin early to mid 2012 Historic looking, new trolleys, heated, air conditioned and accessible Safety and environmental issues paramount

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An overview
An Overview

  • 2.2 miles long

  • $43 million project cost

  • A unique collaboration

  • Construction should begin early to mid 2012

  • Historic looking, new trolleys, heated, air conditioned and accessible

  • Safety and environmental issues paramount

  • Federal Transit Administration an important partner


Loop trolley project timeline
Loop Trolley Project Timeline

(EA means “Environmental Assessment”)

We Are Here

1995

2013


Environmental assessment
Environmental Assessment

THIS PHASE IS COMPLETE, AS OF MAY 23!

  • EA looked at a number of issues to determine that the project complies with federal law and doesn’t adversely affect the environment

    • Social, Cultural and Historic Resources

    • Transportation – Parking

    • Economic Impacts

    • Construction Impacts

  • A ‘Finding of No Significant Impact’, or FONSI has been granted by the Federal Transit Administration


Where is the project
Where is the Project?

University

of MO St.L

St. Louis County/

University City

Loop Trolley Corridor

City of St. Louis

Washington University

BJC Med Center

Forest Park



Delmar roundabout at lions gate
Delmar Roundabout at Lions’ Gate

(Artist’s rendering)

Current

Proposed



The Maintenance Facility

CURRENT PLAN

  • The trolley vehicles would be stored and maintained at 5875-5893 Delmar Boulevard

  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Would be renovated to house trolley operations

  • Rehabilitation will comply with state and Federal guidelines for historic preservation

Existing Building. This photo shows the existing building to be used for the future maintenance facility.

Proposed Rehabilitation. This rendering shows the future façade as proposed for the maintenance facility.



Trolley in middle due to utility constraints

New Parking Lane

Ped Realm to Remain

Greenway on east side

3 Lanes for Cars

DeBaliviere looking north at Waterman



The Stations Crossroads School

  • Simple design. Stations to be at curb height (no platforms) and would blend with the existing pedestrian realm

  • All stations and connections will be accessible and ADA compliant

  • The figure and photo at right show the typical dimensions and general “look” of the stations


The vehicles
The Vehicles Crossroads School

  • “Heritage” look with modern amenities

Example Vehicle Type. The Loop Trolley would look much like the photo above. It would be equipped with heating and air conditioning. It would be fully accessible and would comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Powered by both battery and overhead contact system (OCS)

Example OCS. This photo depicts the existing Overhead Contact System used for the Portland Streetcar system. The Loop Trolley would use a similar, one-wire OCS.

Example OCS in context. This photo shows the OCS used in the Portland Streetcar in context of the larger landscape. As shown, the OCS is not very visible from an adjacent platform, and would be even less visible from residences several hundred feet away.


Trolley service
Trolley Service Crossroads School

  • 7 Days a Week

  • 360 Days a Year

  • 11am – 6pm Sunday – Thursday

  • 11am – MidnightFriday – Saturday

  • Fare to match Metro

  • 50% discount for seniors

    and low-income users


Costs and funding
Costs Crossroads School and Funding

  • Project Implementation Budget is $43 M

    • $25 M from Federal Urban Circulator Grant

    • $6 M from other Federal funding

    • $3.5 M from TIF monetization

    • $3.5 M from New Market Tax Credits

    • Up to $5 M in private donations


Costs and funding1
Costs Crossroads School and Funding

  • And for operations (est. $1.3 million/year)

    • $500 K - Loop Trolley Transportation Development District revenues

    • $680 K - Fares

    • Advertising (TBD)

    • Institutional subsidies or sponsorships (TBD)


East-West Gateway Council of Governments will manage the next phase of design

Applying for first part of the Urban Circulator grant this month ($2.88 million)

Design will be underway in July

Expect to complete design by February/March 2012

Loop Trolley Company, non-profit organization, working to raise additional donations needed

Next Steps


Loop Trolley Transportation Development District, a political subdivision of Missouri, will manage the second phase: construction, operations and ownership

Expect the TDD to apply for second part of the Urban Circulator grant later this year ($22.12 mil)

Construction to begin Spring/early Summer 2012, with completion by mid 2013

Next Steps


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