This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 9, 2010 - Development potential, not the streetcar itself, sold the federal government on funding a trolley line to link the Loop with Forest Park, U.S. Department of Transportation Undersecretary Roy Kienitz said this morning at a ceremony where he officially awarded $24.9 million to the nonprofit Loop Trolley Co.
"It's about businesses, it's about entertainment, it's about housing, it's about creating jobs, it's about economic value, it's about connecting universities with residential," he said. "There are bike networks going in. The street's going to be redesigned. They've thought of everything."