Federal grant to help fund St. Louis MetroLink expansion plan

Bi-State Development, the agency that oversees Metro Transit, will get about $375,000 in federal money to help plan the proposed Northside-Southside MetroLink route in St. Louis.

“A significant portion of the corridor, particularly on the north side of St. Louis, is economically distressed and requires careful planning and incentives to attract development,” according to the Federal Transit Administration.

The route, which has been estimated to cost $2.2 billion, would stretch from north St. Louis County near the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College, into downtown and south St. Louis and down Interstate 55 into south St. Louis County.

The FTA said the funding will be used to explore transit-oriented development — including incentives for such projects and a citywide commission on the effort — as well as land use and zoning policies and access plans.

Metro is one of 16 groups nationwide to get a share of $14.7 million in grants to support comprehensive planning projects that improve access to public transit.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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