Metro Transit’s Secure Platform Plan continues to move forward with the first package of stations estimated to be open in 2024. In January of this year, the agency announced the MetroLink Secure Platform Plan would be moving forward in a phased approach with six packages each ranging from four to eight stations.
According to Kevin Scott, Bi-State General Manager of Public Safety, this will allow the project to move forward expeditiously with phased packages of stations and the opportunity for lessons learned from each phase. The first package including JJK, Emerson Park, Washington Park and Southwestern Illinois College is out for bid for construction. Bids are due by September 5 with the construction estimated to begin late this fall.
Phase 2 includes Cortex, Delmar, Forest Park, Grand, Union Station, Central West End and Civic Center and is at 30 percent design with 60 percent design expected by September. Commencement of package #3 design will begin shortly.
The total cost of this project is $52 million according to Metro Transit with $10.75 million committed from the private sector.