|After a year and a half of data analysis, study and public feedback from over 60 presentations, meetings and open houses, the Northside-Southside Study team is releasing their recommended first phase project alignment for the City of St. Louis. The mission of the consulting team was to ensure the best route for Northside-Southside would align with community investment strategies, serve area neighborhoods and residents, and provide pedestrian access to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) West campus.
Thus, the study team led by AECOM is recommending to the Board of East-West Gateway Council of Governments, our metropolitan planning organization, a $667 million street-running light rail investment that would run from Chippewa Boulevard in the South through downtown to Grand Boulevard in the North via one of the two North St. Louis alignment options.
The first phase would:
- Serve approximately 47,000 people;
- Carry an estimated 9,200 transit riders per day (4,200 of which are transit-dependent riders);
- Access 65,000 jobs within a half-mile of the route; and
- Spur possibly millions of dollars in economic development throughout our neighborhoods.