Light Rail Study Shows Commuters Would Use a North-South Route

By on January 18, 2018

From St. Louis Public Radio:  Thirty percent of people in the St. Louis region who might rely on a north-south MetroLink route do not have access to a car, according to an ongoing transit study.

The Northside-Southside Consulting Team shared the results of its study and other information Tuesday during an open house at the Five Star Senior Center in the Benton Park West neighborhood of south St. Louis.

A north-south MetroLink route could help more people in St. Louis travel to jobs and spur job development, said Dan Meyers, a senior transportation planner for AECOM, a consulting firm for the rail system.

“What this can also do is bring jobs to the north side and south side as well,” said Meyers, who added that a new rail line could attract development projects along the route.

“They might be able to be right there with the light rail,” he said of potential riders. Completing the entire north-south route is expected to cost $1.3 billion.

But the region likely will be able to only fund half of the route, said Marcie Meystrik, corridor planning coordinator for the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the agency overseeing MetroLink Expansion.

The project will be paid for with federal money and a portion of the one half of one percent sales tax voters approved last spring for MetroLink and urban development, she said.

Meystrik said planners want ideas on what a new line would include from potential riders.

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