County Council Approves Partial Bi-State 2020 Appropriation

After several months of discussions, the St. Louis County Council voted 6-1 Tuesday to send the Bi-State Development Agency about two-thirds of the money it requested for its 2020 annual budget appropriation.  Each year, Bi-State goes through an appropriation process with both the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County.   This year’s appropriation request was $164 million.

According to the County Council Chair Ernie Trakas, the council held back $60 million of the $164 million allocation until they see an updated security plan from Bi-State.

Currently Phase II of the MetroLink System-Wide Assessment is underway.  The East-West Gateway Board of Directors voted in March to move Phase II of the program forward under the leadership of WSP to develop a comprehensive security strategy for Metro.    This strategy will include most recommendations from Phase I in the areas of:

  • Security strategy
  • Police/security staffing
  • Procedures and training, and
  • Fare and fare enforcement.