Celebrating 100 Years
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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 17, 2017 - The initial fare structure for the Loop Trolley will consist of two fare types - $2.00 for a Two-Hour Fare and $5.00 for an All-Day Pass, with Reduced Fare ticket prices of $1.00 and $2.50, respectively, for disabled passengers and senior passengers age 65 or older with valid identification or documentation. Children age five and under may ride free with adult supervision.
Tickets can be purchased by two methods: physical tickets with cash or card at any of the thirteen ticket vending machines (TVMs) which will be located on or near the trolley platforms, or mobile tickets via an account-based application available through iOS and Android app stores.
For TVM purchases, the clock will start on Two-Hour Fares beginning at the time of purchase, with All-Day Passes only valid for the day on which they are purchased. On the mobile application, passengers can purchase their tickets any time in advance and activate on their smartphone prior to boarding.
"We've looked at other American transit fare systems and ultimately settled on a simpler structure with fewer fare options," said Kevin Barbeau, Loop Trolley Company's Executive Director. "In this way, the ticket purchase process will be more straightforward, assuring passengers aren't overwhelmed when making their purchases at physical ticket vending machines or through the mobile application."
For both physical and mobile tickets, passengers will scan their ticket(s) via an on-board validator located at each entrance to the trolley vehicles. The Loop Trolley will not accept cash-based fares on-board; hence, any passenger without valid fare or with an expired fare must de-board and purchase a valid ticket.
While the Trolley system will not open with the capacity for transfers to or from Metro bus/lightrail services, it's something that is certainly of interest; we'll continue working with Metro to identify the technological and programmatic aspects of interoperability with the fare systems.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - University City was founded in 1906 by businessman Edward Gardner Lewis, who designed it as a model city.
University City is known for its fine residential neighborhoods, art galleries, the business and entertainment district along Delmar Boulevard and the Washington University campus. Two massive lions sculptures by George Julian Zolnay, set atop pylons designed by architects Eames & Young, welcome residents and visitors to the formal city hall plaza.
In 2006, a group of volunteers staged the city's biggest party in 100 years. Their aim was to show that this small but exciting enclave is more a community of culture, diversity and education than even its founder could have imaged.
It was no small task since Lewis was a dreamer, inventor, chemist, artist, education, potter, women's magazine publisher, entrepreneur and politician. But with a theme of 100 Fun things to do in University City, on almost any given day something was happening for fun seekers of all ages.
A celebration was held with the grand opening of Centennial Commons, formerly the Heman Park Recreation Facility. With a nod towards the City's 100th anniversary, the facility underwent a two-year $6M extreme makeover and a name change. The facility is now open for fun, fitness and community events.
The business and entertainment district is also well know as the Delmar Loop, named after the Delmar Streetcar system that provided service for visitors and residents to University City in the early 1900s. The Delmar Loop has been named one of the best 10 streets in America.
In 2000, a strong coalition of supporters, energized by Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill Restaurant, Pin-Up Bowl, and the Pageant Building, began working on bringing a trolley system back to University City.
Edwards organized the St. Louis Trolley Company (LTC) in 2002 with the help of Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT). The group secured a grant from the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and the Missouri Department of Transportation to purchase and renovate two historic vehicles for the new line. The trolleys are currently on display in front of the Missouri History Museum and Commerce Bank in the Delmar Loop.
On Friday, July 9, 2010, the St. Louis Trolley Company secured nearly $25 million in federal funding for the Loop Trolley System linking Forest Park to the University City Loop. See Loop Trolley System to Connect Forest Park Attractions with University City Loop Businesses.
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