Loop Trolley Will Stop Chugging Along At The End Of The Month

Reports say the Loop Trolley isn't getting enough business and it will shut down on Dec. 29.

December 6, 2019
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UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — The end of the line is coming this month for the Loop Trolley.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the officials set a December 29th date for the trolley to end service. 

Related: Loop Trolley running out of money

However, it's still hopeful that it can be saved. Bi-State Development officials are currently debating taking over the service.

Metro President and CEO Taulby Roach told KMOX this week they're still weighing the pros and cons of taking over the trolley. He tells KMOX Metro doesn't have the money to save the trolley, but he wants to help because it would be "damaging for the region," if the Loop Trolley were to default on its federal grant. 

Last month, the trolley sold only a thousand tickets, for just under $2,000 in revenue.  Since it opened, the trolley has generated $32,000 in ticket sales, far short of the $400,000 boosters had projected. 

Related: Joe Edwards still has faith the Loop Trolley will survive

The agency's board could discuss the matter next week.

KMOX's Kevin Killeen contributed to this story.

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