MetroLink expansion plan turns contentious

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has made clear his support for a north-south MetroLink expansion, saying it’s a top priority in his final year in office. But a recent push for money to plan such a route has met with strong resistance from St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

Stenger, in a letter to the Federal Transit Administration, said he will not endorse the north-south route until other proposed routes are studied.

The surprise move puts the county’s top elected official in direct conflict with Slay and other city officials, who see the north-south route as key to redeveloping north St. Louis and other distressed urban areas.

Stenger’s letter, dated June 15 but widely circulated Monday, came in response to a $530,000 grant application submitted by Bi-State Development, which oversees Metro Transit. It seeks $375,000 in federal funds, $30,000 in cash from the St. Louis Development Corp. and the remainder in work from Bi-State and city staff.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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