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St. Louis council OKs federal funds for Loop Trolley

The funding comes from a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant.
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The East-West Gateway Council of Governments has approved a $1.26 million federal grant for Loop Trolley operations in St. Louis.

The federal funds come from Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant. The Loop Trolley Transportation Development District will provide a $600,000 local match using sales-tax revenue, Bi-State Development officials said in a press release. 

BSD took over operation of the Loop Trolley in February. BSD will continue to operate the system through June 30, 2025.

The trolley system went offline in December 2019, with a brief resumption of service in mid-2020. Service restarted Aug. 4 to avoid a default on federal transportation loans awarded to the Loop Trolley several years ago, BSD officials said.

One car is currently running on the 2.4-mile route four days a week for eight hours. Those operations will continue through Oct. 30, then the trolley cars and infrastructure will undergo annual maintenance projects and safety inspections so service can resume next spring, BSD officials said.

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