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A Revival Of St. Louis’ Streetcar System? Proponents Say It Could Happen By 2016

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(Missouri History Museum)

St. Louis has a long had a special relationship with the trolley.  It’s a relationship immortalized by actor and singer Judy Garland in the film Meet Me In St. Louis

Currently, there are independent efforts in St. Louis to revive the presence of a trolley, or as some proponents say, streetcar. 

“When people say trolley they associate it with vintage cars, rambling along, and (this proposal) is for modern trains which carry fifty people and would come by every ten minutes at peak,” said Maggie Campbell, President and CEO of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis.  “I think streetcar connotes the right impression.”

Campbell spoke with host Don Marsh about the recently completed first step, a feasibility study concerning the revival of streetcars.

Proponents say the St. Louis Streetcar is designed to be modern transit system of lines connecting Downtown St. Louis, Carr Square, St. Louis Place, Old North, Midtown, Grand Center, and the Central West End.

The effort is part of the Downtown Next 2020 Vision.

“If all goes well we could be riding the streetcar in 2016 or 2017,” said Campbell.

There is a separate Loop Trolley project between the Delmar Loop and Forest Park.  Check out Tim Lloyd’s story for more information about the streetcar effort in St. Louis.

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Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
Don Marsh served as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air" from 2005 to 2019, bringing discussions of significant topics to listeners' ears at noon Monday through Friday. Don has been an active journalist for 58 years in print, radio and television. He has won 12 Regional Emmy Awards for writing, reporting, and producing. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2013, and named “Media Person of the Year” by the St. Louis Press Club in 2015. He has published three books: his most recent, “Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All: A Humorous Look at the Wonders of Getting Old,” “Flash Frames: Journey of a Journeyman Journalist” and “How to be Rude (Politely).” He holds an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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