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June 6, 2017

Groundbreaking for New Cortex MetroLink Station

Representatives from the Cortex Innovation Community, Great Rivers Greenway, Washington University, BJC Healthcare, Federal Transit Administration, and City of St. Louis will join Metro and Bi-State Development for a special groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, June 8. This event will mark the start of a major project to improve infrastructure and transportation options for the region, including the new Chouteau Greenway bike and pedestrian path, the extension of the platform at the Central West End MetroLink Station and the construction of a new MetroLink Station on the light rail system located between the Grand Station and Central West End Station near Boyle Avenue.

When: Thursday, June 8 – 2:30 p.m.   

What: News conference and groundbreaking for the construction of the Cortex MetroLink Station and Chouteau Greenway

Where: Cortex Commons

4270 Duncan Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63110

Shuttles will operate beginning at 2 p.m. from the IKEA parking lot and the Central West End MetroLink Station near Children’s Place and Taylor.

Who:              Mokhtee Ahmad, Federal Transit Administration

                       Lyda Krewson, St. Louis Mayor

                       Hank Webber, Cortex Innovation Community

                       Susan Trautman, Great Rivers Greenway

                       June Fowler, BJC Healthcare

                       Dedric Carter, Washington University

                       Joseph Roddy, Ward 17 Alderman of the City of St. Louis

                       John Nations, Bi-State Development                                                                                                                       

This project will support about 170 construction jobs and provide a transportation option for an estimated 13,000 permanent jobs in the Cortex Innovation Community and throughout the central corridor of the City of St. Louis.

About Metro

Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; approximately 400 vehicle MetroBus fleet that operates on 80 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, the Bi-State Development Research Institute, the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and operates the Gateway Arch Trams and Revenue Collections Center. BSD also operates the St. Louis Regional Freightway.

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