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MetroLink Expansion Pushes Forward

North-South trains possible by 2029

September 13, 2018 - 12:34 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - There's a new 18-month study out for expanding MetroLink service to include north and south travel through downtown St. Louis.

Project manager Dan Meyers with AECOM says those trains will run a bit differently than what we're used to.

"It's going to be running on the street, in the middle of the road, so it'll be a lot more accessible to the communities, with a direct connection to the Red and Blue lines at the new Civic Center station," he says.

Meyers told a gathering Thursday, sponsored by Citizens For Modern Transit, that there will be 16 stations, with travel from the north beginning at Grand and Natural Bridge through downtown and ending at Chippewa to the south.

Meyers said what's left is to pick a Cass or Florissant route through north St. Louis, with Cass being a preferred alignment.

Then, there's the question of $350 million local funding to match the federal government's half of the project.

Kim Cella, with Citizens For Modern Transit, says the city's Prop 1 sales tax money only goes so far.

"We'd like to see the county somehow get involved in this project, because you know transit is a regional infrastructure and crosses boundaries," she says.

If everything stays on track, trains could be running on the new route by 2029.

To see more about the numbers and the study, click here.