St. Louis County Delays Study of Future MetroLink Expansion

By on June 7, 2018

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  St. Louis County officials have delayed a planned study of potential MetroLink expansion lines until completion of a separate evaluation of security practices on the existing light-rail system.

“A secure line is of the utmost importance and it’s important for us to see the results of the security study before we move forward with our plans for St. Louis County,” said Cordell Whitlock, a spokesman for County Executive Steve Stenger.

In the spring of 2017, a county-led committee recommended that a team of consultants led by WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, an engineering firm now known as WSP USA Inc., be hired to assess three potential new MetroLink routes in the county.

Those alternative corridors would extend to north St. Louis County, south St. Louis County or the West Port Plaza area in Maryland Heights. The study was to have begun last July and completed by next month, according to a document on the county website.

But the plan for the study, costing around $3 million, was put on the back burner last summer and has yet to be brought before the County Council for approval, officials said.

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