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Groundbreaking held for first new MetroLink station in more than a decade

CMT Board member Taulby Roach, CMT Board member Hart Nelson, CMT Executive Director Kim Cella, CMT Board member Chip CAsteel, Washington University Executive Vice Chancellor of Administration Hank Webber and CMT Board Chair Rose Windmiller at Groundbreaking for new MetroLink Station in Cortex.

Metro broke ground on the new Boyle Street Station, an infill station in the Cortex Innovation Community, on June 8 at the site of the new station adjacent to the @4240 Building. This station will be the first addition to the MetroLink system in the St. Louis region since the opening of the  Cross County in 2006.

Dedric Carter, Vice Chancellor for Operations and Tech Transfer at Washington University, spoke at the event.  “Washington University has been an historic and strong supporter of public transit.  In 2014, area stakeholders, led by  Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT), raised the local matching funds needed to complete a feasibility study to add a light rail stop at CORTEX.  This new stop will be catalytic for our community.  The CORTEX station will seamlessly connect the University’s Danforth Campus to the Medical Center and to the CORTEX innovation district.  This station sits at the nexus of St. Louis’ premier educational and

Official groundbreaking for new infill Boyle MetroLink Station in Cortex area.
Official groundbreaking for new infill Boyle MetroLink Station in Cortex area.

healthcare institutions, and will connect not only students, faculty, and entrepreneurs, but also our diverse and vibrant neighborhoods.  Innovation thrives on nurturing and sustaining connections, and communities do so as well.   The CORTEX station will be an integral link in building new connections,” said Carter.

CMT led the feasibility study for this station in 2014 with the help of partners including Washington University, BJC Healthcare, Cortex and Great Rivers Greenway for the infill station, enhancements to CWE Station and a connecting bike trail. The study represented a true public-private partnership that raised the local match to pay for the study and to team with Metro to manage the project and move it forward.  In addition, the study laid the groundwork for the award of the $10.3 million TIGER grant to Metro to move the project forward.  Construction on this station is estimated to be completed in 2018.

“As a transit advocacy organization, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to work proactively and collaboratively with stakeholders in the region, Metro and others to complete the necessary feasibility study and move the process forward for the addition of the Boyle Street Station on the MetroLink alignment.  Congrats go to the stakeholders and Metro  for ensuring St. Louis sees more MetroLink in the very near future. This station is an opportunity for a true TOD in ST. Louis where residents can live, work and play on transit,” said Kim Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit.

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