The Board of East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGCG) today unanimously approved and adopted Moving Transit Forward, the long-range plan Metro developed through transportation research and community input. The plan offers options that EWGCG, the region’s planning agency, can use when deciding next steps for public transit in St. Louis. Once EWGCG makes those decisions on transit service, Metro implements and operates those services.
Metro’s Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the plan on February 12.
The plan is a blueprint designed to help EWGCG decide how best to meet transit needs in all sectors of the region in manageable time frames. The projects discussed in each phase are:
Short-Range (1-5 years)
- Restoring services cut last year to increase coverage and frequency back to levels before the reductions
- Planning and design for the next MetroLink extension that would be determined by EWGCG
- Two Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes. BRT offers higher speed, high capacity service (also to be determined by EWGCG)
- Improved passenger amenities and technology
Medium-Range (5-10 Years)
- Construction and operation of one light-rail expansion route
- Additional BRT routes
- Additional transit centers
Long-Range (10-30 years)
- Planning, construction and operation of a second light-rail alignment
- Begin planning and engineering for a third light- rail extension
The plan is designed to meet citizens’ request for fiscally responsible and realistic options for transit in St. Louis. Metro cannot build any project outlined in its long-range plan until EWGCG officials approve it, and all possibilities depend on obtaining a new, long-term source of local revenue and increases in state and federal support. A timeline for reviewing the projects will be determined by the EWGCG.
Check out the details of the long-range plan on the Moving Transit Forward website.