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MetroLink Could Soon See Expansion

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - There’s been no expansion of the MetroLink light-rail system since 2006.

But that could change in the near future.

The group “Citizens for Modern Transit” is out with results of their feasibility study for a brand new light rail line through the Cortex area of Midtown, between the Central West End and Grand.

And the cost of creating the new route?

“The feasibility study is reporting that the capital cost to build this would be about $9.4 million,” says executive director Kim Cella.

There would be an additional $800,000 a year in maintenance costs.

Cella says the demand is there, and the area is seeing a lot of growth.

“In the past, people have said they don’t want that in their backyard,” she says. “But these stakeholders are asking and demanding that a new addition to the light-rail system has huge potential for the whole region.”

Metro, the East West Gateway Council, and the Federal Transit Authority must still sign off on the plan.

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