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April 23, 2015

Bi-State Development Agency Welcomes New Member to Board of Commissioners

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has appointed Kelley F. Farrell to the Bi-State Development Agency (BSDA) Board of Commissioners. Farrell replaces Commissioner and former Board Chairman Hugh Scott III, who resigned from the board earlier this year.

Farrell is a partner in the law firm of Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, LC in St. Louis.  Her litigation practice includes representing clients in employment, business and real estate matters.  She also serves as an adjunct professor for trial practice at the Washington University School of Law, where she obtained her law degree and was a member of the Order of the Coif.  She has been included on the Best Lawyers in America recognition list for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Farrell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Scott served on the BSDA Board of Commissioners for nearly a decade. He held the position as Chairman of the Board from July 2005 to June 2007 and during his tenure served on several board committees, including the Operations, Audit and Finance, Government Affairs and Communications, and Cross County MetroLink Committees.

“We are extremely grateful to Commissioner Scott for all of his contributions and special dedication to this Agency and the region over the last ten years,” said John Nations, President and CEO of Bi-State Development Agency. “With his leadership and support, we’ve been able to position the Agency as a key driver of economic growth and development for the entire region, and as a provider of world-class transit service for our communities.”

The Bi-State Development Agency 10-member board provides overall leadership and policy direction for the Agency, and is comprised of five members from Illinois and five from Missouri. In Missouri, the governor selects members of the board and the Missouri Senate gives final approval to the appointments. In Illinois, county board chairmen for both St. Clair and Madison Counties appoint their representatives.

About Bi-State Development Agency

The Bi-State Development Agency (BSDA) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 379 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 77 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSDA also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center, the Gateway and Arch Transportation System, and the Gateway Arch Parking Facility. The region’s new freight district authority also will be operated by BSDA.

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