Loop Trolley to benefit from $1.26 million grant

Sept. 1, 2022
The funding was approved by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and includes a federal grant plus a local match.

The St. Louis Loop Trolley received a funding boost for its operations after the East-West Gateway Council of Governments approved $1.26 million in federal funding for the service. Bi-State Development Agency said the funding will be essential to the continued operations of the Loop Trolley.

The funds consist of a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant with a $600,000 local match from the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District, which will come from the district’s sales tax revenues.

The 2.4-mile Loop Trolley returned to operation on Aug. 4 for the first time since July 2020. Bi-State Development is operating the Loop Trolley as part of a pilot program following a February 2022 agreement that puts the operations of the service in Bi-State Development’s hands through June 30, 2025.

After Oct. 30, 2022, the Loop Trolley cars and infrastructure will undergo annual maintenance projects, safety inspections and certifications in order to be ready for service next spring.

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