Design Work Gets Underway on New MetroLink Station
A design team has been selected for a new MetroLink station, which will be built near the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis. The design group is being managed by the HNTB Corporation and includes KAI, Access Engineering, Glasper Professional Services, TSi Geotechnical and Kivindyo Engineering Services. The design phase for the new station, which will be located on the MetroLink system between Boyle Avenue and Sarah Street, is expected to take 10 to 12 months.
The overall project will include the construction of the new MetroLink station, an addition to the Great Rivers Greenway bike path, and an extension of the platform at the Central West End MetroLink Station. Construction of the new station is anticipated to begin next summer and be completed in 2018. When finished, the new station will support transit alternatives for an estimated 13,000 permanent jobs projected to be created in the central St. Louis corridor.
The MetroLink station project is being funded largely by a $10.3 million TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The project was one of 72 transportation projects selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2014 TIGER Program from a pool of almost 800 eligible applications from across the nation. The remainder of the project cost is being supported by a public-private partnership that includes BJC Healthcare, the Cortex Innovation Community, Great Rivers Greenway, the St. Louis Development Corporation and Washington University.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 399 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 78 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch trams. BSD also operates the Bi-State Development Research Institute and the St. Louis Regional Freightway.