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Government Shutdown Could Delay Delmar Loop Trolley Plans

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Photo: Missouri Historical Society

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The federal government shutdown is pushing plans for the Delmar Loop Trolley back even farther.

“Now that it is shutdown there is no communication with the Federal Transit Administration due to the shutdown,” Delmar Loop developer Joe Edwards said. “I can’t wait until things get back to normal in this country.”

Plans for the trolley are to be submitted to Federal Transit officials by an October 31 deadline and bids will be accepted in December.

Edwards says they will keep working on the plans and, instead of sending daily updates to federal officials, will send a large final report by the end of the month.

From there, the FTA, presuming the shutdown is over, will work through the backlog and eventually approve The Loop’s plans, allowing the trolley to go out to bid.

The Trolley is planned to run between the Delmar Loop and the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Edwards still hopes to break ground in February.

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