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Slay, Stenger differ on Metro expansion proposals

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ST. LOUIS ( – St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay are on opposite sides of the debate on the Metro expansion.

Mayor Slay proposed a route that would connect the Flo Valley Campus of the St. Louis Community College to south St. Louis. Stenger’s route would run mostly through St. Louis County, connecting Clayton to Westport, the North Hanley Station to Interstate 270 and the Shrewsbury Station to Butler Hill Road.

Officials at North County Incorporated said better transportation will only help the economy in the area.

“A very developed transportation system can make a difference when it comes to helping attract employers, retaining employers because they have to have a workforce that can easily get to them,” said Rebecca Zoll, president and CEO of North County Incorporated.

Kay Owens, who has been riding the Metro for 18 years, told News 4 he would like to see the new route bridge the community by creating easier access to transportation for all of St. Louis.

“It allows a faster time to go shopping. To go to work, to go out to eat, to have fun and it cuts down on the travel time, too bad the train isn’t everywhere,” Owens said.

The route will be chosen based on studies.

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