Bi-State commissioners reject Loop Trolley plan

A lack of public, political support.

Brian Kelly
January 24, 2020 - 3:34 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Citing a lack of public and political support, a pair of Bi-State Development Agency committees have rejected the plan to save the Loop Trolley, without even casting votes.

After more than an hour of discussion duing the joint meeting, the motion to advance CEO Taulby Roach's proposal to the full board was not seconded, and thus died without a formal vote.

Roach tells KMOX he was not disappointed, because his job was to put together a plan and let the board decide its fate.

Loop Trolley Coproration Board President John Meyer says while he's confident the plan would have worked, the trolley has become a nuclear waste dump. "Nobody wants to get near it, but somebody's got to to make it successful. That's what political leadership is supposed to be about. I'm sad that we're lacking that in our region today."

Roach told the committees that St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson was willing to sign a letter of support for saving the trolley, but St. Louis County Executive Sam Page would not. That frustrated Meyer. "The County Executive wouldn't even vocally say the he supports this, even though he's on the TDD board. I think that is very disappointing." 

Roach has expressed concerns that the trolley's failure will prompt the Federal Transit Administration to sue the Loop Trolley Transportaton District and East West Gateway Council of Governments, to get its money back. Meyer agrees, "$25 million in federal grant funds that the FTA will no doubt be forced to file lawsuits to recover, to seize assets etc. This is not something our region needs." 

Roach says Bi-State will only take the trolley up again, if local elected officials or the Bi-State board demand it.

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