Metro invites you to join us on March 28, April 2 and April 5, as we explore new and exciting strategies to improve commutes and expand access to economic opportunities through higher-speed transit service on the region’s highways and major streets with the St. Louis Rapid Transit Connector Study. The study will identify and advance two transit investment projects to pursue for federal funding. Metro expects at least one project to be implemented as a result of this planning effort.
The St. Louis Rapid Transit Connector Study, a study led by the Bi-State Development Agency (Metro) and the Transportation Corridor Improvement Group seeks to offer efficient, competitive, and attractive transit service to more people and places in the St. Louis region. Some of the needs to be considered are easier north-south and east-west transit connections, faster commutes, economic development opportunities, reduced traffic congestion.
The St. Louis Rapid Transit Connector Study is direct result of Moving Transit Forward, Metro’s long-range transit plan, which several options for using the region’s existing network of highways and arterial streets for providing higher-speed, more competitive transit service. The general highway corridors identified in the long-range plan for further study are Interstate 70, Interstate 44, Interstate 64, and Interstate 55 and nearby arterial streets.
“By improving the connections between people and jobs, education, and other opportunities, we can maximize the potential not only of our transportation network, but of our residents and businesses as well,” said Metro’s Chief of Planning and System Development Jessica Mefford-Miller.
The study is using a data-driven approach to identify and evaluate potential projects. Recommendations will be shaped by several objectives, including improved access to transportation that supports economic growth; expansion of access to opportunities; enhanced employer access to a broader and more diverse labor pool; reduction of congestion and air pollution; and financial feasibility.
Representatives from the St. Louis Rapid Transit Connector Study will answer questions and discuss issues at three open houses planned for late March and early April. Open house attendees will have a chance to participate in interactive activities designed to gather input into project goals and preferred transit performance criteria. Attendees will also learn about different options for improvement to transit.
The information presented will be the same at each of the three open houses. The open house information is listed below.
- Thursday, March 28 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. A formal presentation will be made at 5:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Located at the JC Penney Conference Center at the UMSL Campus. Meeting will be in the 1st Floor Lobby of the building located at 1 University Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63121.
- Tuesday, April 2 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. A formal presentation will be made at 5:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Located at the World Trade Center on the 10th Floor. The building is located at 121 S. Meramec Avenue Clayton, MO 63105.
- Friday, April 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A formal presentation will be made at noon. Located at St. Louis City Hall on the 2nd Floor Hall and in the Kennedy Room. City Hall is located at 1200 Market Street St. Louis, MO 63103.
About the Transportation Corridor Improvement Group:
The St. Louis Rapid Transit Connector Study is being conducted by the Bi-State Development Agency (Metro) in partnership with the Transportation Corridor Improvement Group, a partnership between East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGCOG), St. Louis County, the City of St. Louis, and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).