Trolley # 1 is ready to roll, and is due to start testing within the next 2 weeks. Testing will, we were told today, first be the trolley being pulled/pushed along the route to test clearances and basic safety. Following that, power will be applied and the trolleys themselves will be tested, at first slowly, then at full operating speeds – 25 mph! All the switches and signals will also be tested, and the trolleys will complete 300 miles of live testing before being open to the public – so we can expect to get familiar with the clang, clang, clang of the trolley very soon!
Today’s press conference was my first opportunity to actually get onto a Trolley, and the inside is really smart. I was interested to see that the seat backs move back and forward, so one can face in either direction. Participating in the today’s event were, among others, Joe Edwards, U City Mayor Shelley Welsch, Alderwoman Lyda Krewson, Alderman Frank Watson, along with Loop Trolley personnel and interested parties from the Loop, Forest Park Forever, and Skinker DeBaliviere.
Junction of DeBaliviere and Delmar:
Seen in the parking lot that was being used by the Loop Trolley construction team.
The Trolley Stops along DeBaliviere now have seats!
Over the last week or so, we have heard a lot about the fact that the junction at Skinker and Delmar would be closed for trolley construction work. This is a busy intersection, so diversions have been set up, and there is plenty of signage to tell one that the road is closed.
So I was quite surprised to see so many cars coming along Skinker, some seemingly disbelieving that the road was closed until they had driven right up to the barriers. While I was watching this morning, there were cars, mini buses, and one semi, which took its time to turn carefully in the street. Just before the junction on the Forest Park side there are alleys – one is one way towards Skinker, and the other had a No Entry sign on it. Despite this, some cars went down them, although most turned and went back the way they had come.