University City - Celebrating 100 Years
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Loop Trolley
The red and cream "001" Brill-replica electric Portland Trolley is one of three vintage cars designed to resemble 1903 streetcars and features meticulously restored interiors with wooden seats and windows that can be opened to circulate air for the comfort of passengers. See archived story: Loop Trolley "001" Prepares for Debut
Electrical System Powering the Trolleys Goes Live
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, April 23, 2017 - Next week marks an important milestone for The Loop Trolley project as the electrical system powering the trolleys goes 'live.'

Testing of the traction power substation and overhead wires will occur the week of April 24th. Crews will be visible along the tracks on Tuesday as final preparations are made to power up the system and assess any hazards.

The testing will continue through Friday, with all work to take place between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Once this testing begins, all wires are considered "hot" and active at all times, and the public will need to be mindful of the related safety precautions.

With the energization of the overhead, or catenary wires, The Loop Trolley project transitions from its construction phase into the system testing phase in preparation for revenue operations later this year. The existing grounding and bonding used during construction will be removed and a single point of grounding and bonding will be installed at the Headquarters facility.

The 2.2 mile trolley route includes more than 16,000 feet of overhead wire, carrying 600 volts of direct current power from the substation to deployed trolleys along the alignment.

"Approval of the energy system is an important step in our progress," said Kevin Barbeau, executive director of The Loop Trolley Company, which will operate the trolleys. "At the same time, it's important that everyone understand these wires should be considered 'live' going forward, and that caution be exercised around the wires and system."

In the event of an incident resulting in a downed wire along the trolley route, the public is reminded to ALWAYS call 911 immediately to notify emergency personnel.

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Welcome to the Delmar Loop in University City
Blueberry Hill in the Delmar Loop area of University City
University City Was Built As a Model City
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - 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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