LISTEN: Joe Edwards still has faith the Loop Trolley will survive

UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KMOX) - The Loop Trolley believers and doubters are reacting to news that the struggling tourist train wants $700,000 to keep running.

Operators of the two-mile trolley that runs from Forest Park to the Delmar Loop say they need $200,000 by November and another $500,000 for next year to continue operating.

"It's tricky, it's a tricky time," said Trolley Booster Joe Edwards of Blueberry Hill, "One thing about St. Louis, we don't give up on our sports teams, even if it looks dire."

Edwards believes the trolley can become self-sustaining once the third car is up and running, once ridership improves, once corporate sponsors arrive, once it can be better promoted, and once revenues rise from the transportation tax district.

"We didn't give up on our Arch grounds getting done, even though that came in quite a bit more and several years later, or Ballpark Village took a long time because the Great Recession hit," Edwards said.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page says he's "willing to listen" and hear what the Loop Trolley company wants, but stressed he's remaining neutral for now.

"I would be open to considering more funding for the trolley, once I see a long-term, comprehensive plan for how it's going to remain solvent in the future--and I haven't seen that yet," Page said.

Councilman Mark Harder has already made up his mind.

"I think it's laughable. He tried this before, about a year, year-and-a-half ago, and we didn't even consider it; we're not going to consider it now," Harder says "the feds" ought to look into how the trolley has spent the money it already was given.