Unofficial “Mayor” of the Loop Grateful for Feds Funding Threat

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — Joe Edwards, unofficial “Mayor” of the Loop, says he is actually thankful the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) threatened to pull more than $22 million in funding for the Loop Trolley project.

“I’m really grateful that the FTA has given these deadlines because that’s really galvanized everyone to really make sure we meet them,” said Edwards.

He said there were so many delays for so many reasons that he is glad to have some urgency. But the threat of funds being taken away shouldn’t alarm anyone saying, “they do it to every city, we’re not unique in that regard.”

Trolley planners now face a mid-October deadline to produce final plans for the streetcar line between the University City library and Missouri History Museum.

To get things moving a bit faster planners have also borrowed Metro transit’s lead engineer to head the project.

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