Could MetroLink be extended to Franklin County someday? - KMOV.com

Could MetroLink be extended to Franklin County someday?

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UNION (KMOV.com) -

Missouri legislators are considering a bill that would open up the possibility of bringing Metro buses and the MetroLink to Franklin County.

Lester Anderson lives in Franklin County and used to ride MetroLink when he worked downtown. He told News 4 he'd like to see a light rail line go all the way to Franklin County, "I think it would be fantastic."

House Bill 1809 is sponsored by Republican State Representative Nate Tate of St. Clair. It would add Franklin County to the Bi-State Development Agency. Neither Tate nor elected leaders in Franklin County think it would ever be feasible to extend MetroLink 40 miles west, beyond St. Louis County. But by joining, it could have a say in future infrastructure projects headed by Bi-State.

 "This would help us in the future, not only with transportation. People seem to think of Bi-State as busing or MetroLink, but also with water and sewer line distributions as our county grows towards the eastern edge, which buts up with St. Louis County," said Second District County commissioner Dave Hinson.

Charlie Murray's wife rode the bus from Pacific to St. Louis over a decade ago when Bi-State provided bus service under a two-year grant program.

"She worked at AT&T downtown and she would take that bus every morning to work and she loved it," said Murray.

County leaders are hope joining Bi-State will someday give Franklin County residents the option of taking public transportation if they commute to work in St. Louis. 

Betty Misener commutes to work from Union to Valley Park and prefers to drive her car, but sees the benefits of riding a bus. 

"It would save on your car, it would save on wear and tear and on gas. I can definitely see the benefits of that," said Misener.

For Franklin County to join Bi-State, legislation will have to be passed in Missouri, Illinois and by Congress.

 

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