Federal grant will help pay for North/South MetroLink expansion study

NORTH ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - A federal grant of nearly $375,000 will help the City of St. Louis and Bi-State Development study a proposed MetroLink expansion route.  The money will be used to take a closer look at the development impacts of a North/South MetroLink line.

The route has been pushed by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay.  He believes the grant from the Federal Transit Administration is a sign the federal government believes in the plan.

“It’s no secret there are a lot of areas in north St. Louis that feel disenfranchised, that do not have the opportunities that exist in other parts of our cities or in our region,” said City of St. Louis Communications Director Maggie Crane.  “This line does the best at connecting people to opportunities.”

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger has not endorsed the North/South MetroLinik expansion route.  St. Louis County has instead offered 3 proposed routes of its own.  Stenger wants all of the routes carefully studied before making any endorsements.  He said after studies are completed, the information will be reviewed by the East West Gateway Council of Governments.

“We’ll have a debate and discussion about which route, or routes should be funded,” said Stenger.