Loop Trolley Project Slapped with Second Lawsuit

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Will the Loop trolley ever be built?
Former University City council member Elsie Glickert filed a second lawsuit last week aimed at derailing the Loop Trolley project.

Glickert -- who says she has lived in University City for 88 years -- names University City mayor Shelley Welsch and the Loop Trolley Company in her suit, alleging the city changed the trolley's hours without alerting the public as required by Missouri's Sunshine Law.

City planners recommended the Loop trolley run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 1 a.m. on weekends. But before unanimously approving the trolley's permit at a meeting March 11, the city council changed the operational hours to 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. ever yday.

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Glickert argues that because the time change was so substantial, the city should have alerted residents before its approval. Otherwise, the permit is "void and of no effect," according to the lawsuit.

Glickert attended the March 11 meeting where the time change was discussed and approved. She spoke twice at the meeting about the trolley project, once asking the council to hold a public hearing about the permit, according to the meeting minutes.

The minutes do not show the Glickert objected to the time change when she addressed the council after the change was proposed.

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Loop trolley chairman Joe Edwards told KPLR-TV (Channel 11) he doubts the lawsuits will delay the project, which is expected to start construction early next year.

"We have answered all these questions at public hearings through the years, so I am kind of surprised," Edwards tells KPLR. "I question the timing. Why not four or five years ago? Why now?"

See also: "New" Loop Trolleys Been Here the Whole Time

Glickert and three other University City residents are also seeking a permanent injunction to stop trolley construction claiming that non-resident property owners had more input into its development than residents. The plaintiffs also say the trolley exceeds its approved boundaries in University City and St. Louis.

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Reggie M Parson
Reggie M Parson

Hurry up and give him the money so we can get this trolley going

Christopher Parke
Christopher Parke

Oh and let's call that strip of retail something other than the loop, Chicago already has that and it's an actual loop

Christopher Parke
Christopher Parke

Dedicated bus lanes all over the main thoroughfares with rush hour wait times of no more than 10-15 mins and that run in the reg until the 3 am bars close - trolley is cute but myopic

jaco1175 topcommenter

With a name like Elsie and the mention of 98 years I know we are dealing with a mean spirited old bitch. Is that anti transit clown shoe tom sullivan involved in this as well? Probably since the guy is such a cock wad

Andrew Freiberger
Andrew Freiberger

Christopher: The trolly is slated to run down Delmar and DeBal to the history museum loop in Forest Park. It's supposed to help redevelop and enrich the the loop community east of Skinker. Also, the project is slated to bring along with it a 30GB fiber loop to the neighborhood which would help U City in becoming another hot-spot for the growing STL tech startup community.

Scott Neale
Scott Neale

what? Progress?? We'll have none of that!

Richard Peitz
Richard Peitz

Today there is always someone willing to stick their dick in the mashed potatoes. What a shame

jaco1175 topcommenter

@Christopher Parke shut the fuck up and stay in st charles you retarded backwards neanderthal

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