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April 24, 2024

Reminder: St. Louis MetroLink Green Line Public Open House Tonight Focus on Environmental Review and 30% Design

The City of St. Louis with Bi-State Development and Metro Transit will host a public open house tonight to learn from residents what potential environmental impacts they think should be studied during the next phase of the St. Louis MetroLink Green Line – environmental analysis and 30% design. The environmental analysis is a requirement of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when seeking federal funding.

In-Person Open House
Wednesday, April 24, 2024

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Cherokee Center

3200 S. Jefferson

St. Louis, MO 63118

During NEPA, the Green Line project team will assess potential project impacts on the human and natural environment then examine ways to avoid, minimize or mitigate adverse effects where feasible. This process ensures that the project will not significantly impact key environmental resources, such as air and water quality, or adversely impact low-income individuals or communities of color. During 30% design, major design elements, the project timeline and project costs will be fine-tuned.

In addition to tonight’s open house, the public is also welcome to attend a virtual meeting on Tuesday, April 30. The same information is being presented both in-person and virtually.

Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Register: Bit.ly/GreenLineOpenHouse

The purpose of the MetroLink Green Line is to provide new access to growing and established job centers for residents with limited transportation options and to invest in historically underserved neighborhoods.

Recently, the project passed a major milestone when East-West Gateway Council of Governments, the St. Louis region’s metropolitan planning organization, approved the revised light rail line as the locally preferred alternative (LPA). The revised alignment includes ten stations and three design options. Approval of the LPA paved the way for the project to advance to the current environmental analysis and 30% design as well as seek entry into the Federal Transit Administration’s  Capital Investment Grants pipeline, a multi-year process.

The Green Line will utilize low-floor MetroLink vehicles in the street operating within a dedicated right-of-way area (no cars allowed) separated from traffic by a curb. This will enhance safety and improve train travel times.

Following the open houses, the public will have 30 days – until Friday, May 31, 2024 – to submit their comments on potential environmental impacts and have them documented as part of the formal record. Comments can be submitted to [email protected]

The environmental analysis will take about one year to complete. The project team will capture what it hears from the public, evaluate the potential environmental impacts, identify mitigation measures and prepare an environmental document with its findings. The document is anticipated to be released in spring 2025. Then public hearings will be held followed by a mandatory 30-day public comment period.

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