Streetcar headed to downtown St. Louis?

 Is a modern streetcar system headed to Downtown St. Louis? The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis (Partnership) released a Request for Qualifications today for a streetcar feasibility study for connecting the areas of Downtown, Midtown, Central West End, and Skinker-DeBaliviere in the City of St. Louis.

The feasibility study will include the process of planning, funding and design of the St. Louis Streetcar. This study is intended to be the first step in the evaluation of expending time and funds for the St. Louis Streetcar initiative.

 According to The Partnership, the proposed streetcar will strengthen the region’s transit system by feeding into current and proposed MetroLink and MetroBus lines; solidifying existing and spurring additional economic investments. With the streetcar line’s frequent stops along the central east-west corridor, the line will complement the MetroLink route. With the efforts for the Loop Trolley, the ability to connect the two lines would benefit both efforts and enable riders to go from Downtown to University City by streetcar.

 

Qualifications are due by 12:00 p.m. (noon) local time on Friday, June 22, 2012 to the following address:

RFQ-St. Louis Streetcar Feasibility Study
c/o Mr. Matt Schindler
Manager, Economic and Housing Development
Partnership for Downtown St. Louis
720 Olive St., Suite 450
St. Louis, MO 63101

To view the entire RFQ, http://www.downtownstl.org/docs/StreetcarRFQ.pdf.