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St. Louis County to study 3 potential routes for MetroLink expansion

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MetroSouth Proposal (Steve Stenger Twitter) MetroSouth Proposal (Steve Stenger Twitter)
MetroNorth Proposal (Steve Stenger Twitter) MetroNorth Proposal (Steve Stenger Twitter)
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger on Thursday announced studies will be conducted on three potential MetroLink routes in the county. The routes were identified in the region’s long-range transportation plan developed by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

The three routes being studied are:

  •     Daniel Boone which would run from the Clayton Station to Westport
  •     MetroNorth which would run from the North Hanley Station to I-270
  •     MetroSouth which would run from the Shrewsbury station to Butler Hill Road.

Those three proposed routes were chosen following an online survey about MetroLink expansion conducted in the summer of 2015.  The studies are required to receive federal funding for the projects.

“I am excited to be moving ahead with MetroLink planning in St. Louis County,” County Executive Stenger said in a news release Thursday. “We had originally planned to study only one route, but after hearing from residents and speaking with experts, it became apparent that all three corridors deserve a closer look.”

Funding to conduct these studies was made available through the voter-passed Proposition A sales tax.

This isn’t the first time these routes are being studied. The MetroSouth route was studied in 2005, the Daniel Boone in 2000 and the MetroNorth in 1999. 
Thursday’s announcement comes a week after St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay advocated a plan to expand the light-rails system in the city.

The city has already drawn a general route to expand the rail, which would connect the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College to Bayless Avenue in St. Louis.

“We need to make sure our city is even better connected, easier to get to work, the pharmacy and doctor. We need to make out city more of a livable place and more of a fun place to get out,” said Slay last week.

Read: Slay pushes to expand MetroLink into south St. Louis

Slay said the city has already secured $2 million from the Treasurer’s budget for planning. $45 million is still needed for design and more than $1 billion will be needed to build the line.

While Slay had called his proposal the best route for the region, Stenger said it is too soon to say that. He noted since studies were last conducted there has been significant population shifts and job growth in North County and Westport.

After funding for the studies is approved by the County Council, the East West Gateway will send out a proposal for consultants to lead the study. The study could take a year to complete.

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