Loop Trolley

Loop Trolley Company Delivers Mobile Ticketing App

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Riders can now purchase tickets ahead of time 

The Loop Trolley Company announced that its mobile ticketing app for Apple’s iOS is now live.  The free app is available for download by searching ‘Loop Trolley’ in the app store. In addition to purchasing tickets, users can also track their ticket history and trip log, and view station stops and attractions on the Trolley map.

“We are excited about our new app and the convenience it offers to Trolley passengers. Passengers can purchase tickets ahead of time, activate their ticket when they’re ready to ride and come aboard the trolley,” Loop Trolley Company Executive Director Kevin Barbeau said.

Trolley passengers can purchase tickets anytime and tickets do not become active until passengers choose to do so within the app.  Once activated, passengers will scan their mobile tickets at the on-board validators located at each trolley entrance. There is a $0.35 transaction fee on all purchases.  All major credit cards are accepted.  The Android OS version is expected to go live mid-March.

In January, the Loop Trolley Company began testing its third trolley car – a 1920s model from Melbourne, Australia. Its capacity is 100 passengers with 50 seated and 50 standing.  The car is expected to be ready for service in late spring 2019. The Trolley Company will expand service to seven days a week at that time.

The Loop Trolley Company currently operates two heritage streetcars Thursday through Sunday starting at noon each day.  Standard two-hour passes are $2 and all-day passes are $5.  Seniors, children and passengers with disabilities may purchase tickets for a reduced fare. For information, please visit LoopTrolley.com.

Follow the Loop Trolley on Twitter at @LoopTrolley, on Instagram at @LoopTrolley and on Facebook.

The Loop Trolley system is owned by the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District and operated by the Loop Trolley Company, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. The system is a 2.2-mile fixed-track that runs from the University City Library near Kingsland Avenue east on Delmar Boulevard to DeBaliviere Avenue and then south on DeBaliviere to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park and back. 

The Loop Trolley Transportation District (TDD) is a political subdivision of the State of Missouri organized under the Missouri Transportation Development District Act. The District was formed in 2008 to fund, promote, plan, design, construct, maintain and operate a fixed-track trolley car system.

Loop Trolley Takes To The Streets For System Integrated Testing

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Loop Trolley’s First Refurbished Car Arrives

Following authorization received from the Federal Transit Administration last week, the Loop Trolley project took to the streets of the Delmar Loop for the beginning of System Integrated Testing (SIT), which is expected to continue through mid-January.

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, visitors to the Loop were delighted to see Car 001 powering through the full 2.2 mile trolley system as Trolley Operators continued their training and familiarization with active-traffic interactions. This was the first time the electrically-powered vehicles have shared the road during regular business hours.

The testing phase began in earnest this week to test and assess the system as a whole, with special attention paid to powered interface with platforms, signalized intersections, switch points and safety mechanisms. Due to the stop-and-inspect nature of these activities, most testing was and will be conducted in the early morning, so as not to disrupt traffic.

Both the familiarization runs and test activities went exceptionally well, with no incidents or issues identified.

“It’s an incredibly exciting step for the project, in many different ways,” said Kevin Barbeau, Executive Director for the Loop Trolley Company.

“Just seeing them out on the street under their own power, pulling into Forest Park or moving past the many great businesses along Delmar, really drives home the benefits and potential of the entire project.”

Over the past two months, powered movement has been limited to the protected section of the alignment on Delmar between DeBaliviere Ave. and the historic Wabash Station at Delmar/Des Peres, and on DeBaliviere between Delmar and Forest Park Parkway, wherein the first class of Loop Trolley Operators have amassed approximately 40 hours of on-vehicle training.

For SIT, Training and Passenger Service, the trolleys will share the road with personal vehicles in the portion of the alignment west of the Des Peres Bridge on Delmar, and regularly interact with vehicles at intersections and driveways east of the Des Peres Bridge on Delmar, and on DeBaliviere. As the trolleys cannot veer to avoid obstacles, it is important that any vehicle parked on the street-running portion park against the curb, and that the vehicle be completely inside of the striped parking lane.