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Loop car No. 3 delivery

Mark Grider, a maintenance lead at Loop Trolley Company, secures the tow bar on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, after the No. 3 trolley is unloaded on Delmar Boulevard after being delivered from Ida Grove, IA

Loop Trolley riders can download an app to their smartphones to buy tickets, the trolley company said Thursday.

The free app for Apple's iOS can be downloaded by searching "Loop Trolley" in the app store. Users can buy tickets (there's a 35-cent transaction fee), track their ticket history and trip log, as well as view station stops and attractions on the trolley map.

Passengers can scan their mobile tickets at validators at each trolley entrance, according to the Loop Trolley Company.

The Android version is expected to be available in mid-March.

The trolley runs on a 2.2-mile route in St. Louis and University City, linking the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park and the western end of the Delmar Loop. It began operations Nov. 16.

Two streetcars run from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, noon to 11 p.m on Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. A third car is being tested and is expected to be ready for service in late spring, when the trolley is set to expand its service to every day.

Standard two-hour passes are $2 and all-day passes are $5. The cost is halved for seniors, children and passengers with disabilities.

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