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Loop Trolley breaks down on final ride

December 30, 2019 GMT

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Loop Trolley star-crossed 13-month run has ended, with a breakdown on the final ride.

The trolley that operates on a 2.2-mile route in St. Louis and University City is ceasing operation and Sunday was the last day. It broke down in front of Peacock Diner on its final run, stranding riders for 45 minutes.

The trolley has faced numerous mechanical problems since it started operating in late 2018. Ridership has been far lower than expected, too.

Supporters are hopeful the trolley will start running again next spring, if Bi-State Development Agency takes up operation.