The Central Corridor Feasibility Study study was an analysis and feasibility study of transit alternatives in the Central Corridor – defined as the area along the existing MetroLink alignment between the Central West End and Grand stations – near the CORTEX development.
For the first time in the organization’s history, CMT led the study with the help of a partnership of area stakeholders. The study represented a true public-private partnership in the region by working with stakeholders to raise the local match required to pay for the study and teaming with Metro to manage the project and move it forward.
The study was prompted by growth in the study area and the need to consider the merits of transit improvements requested by area stakeholders and to adhere to an FTA study process for making changes to Federal assets.
Four alternatives were evaluated in the study:
- No system change
- Build MetroLink station in Cortex
- Build MetroLink station in Cortex AND relocate Central West End Transit Center to Cortex
- Upgrade Central West End MetroLink Station
The final report called for a new station east of Boyle Ave. along the existing MetroLink line. This would be the first potential addition to the St. Louis MetroLink System since the opening of the Cross County Extension in 2006.