The Post Dispatch moved the two local highway and metro link columns from Sunday to Monday. What used to be "along for the ride" is now "Ask the Road Crew" and "Ask Metro". Both take questions readers sent in about various travel issues in the St. Louis area. I always looked for this column on Sundays since I do obsess over local traffic and road conditions. But after making a point of telling readers about the change of days, it was really hard to find the two stories online. I read them both in the paper this morning but had a hard time finding them on the paper's website in order to link them here.
Anyway. A reader sent in this question about metro link. "Now that Proposition 2 has passed, what can we expect about north-south expansion from Metro?" Great question! I would also include the Illinois side metro plans as well. But it's probably a dream that Metro Link will ever get north from Belleville and East St. Louis to include Collinsville/Edwardsville/Glen Carbon/Troy.
The answer the reader received was this: "Around the country and here in the St. Louis area, public transit proves to be a good investment in the economic vitality of a region, and residents of the City of St. Louis echoed that yesterday. Regional leadership through the East-West Gateway Council of Governments will decide on where the next MetroLink expansion would go, and once the decision is made, our role is to lend our expertise to help plan, design and build the new extension. It is up to our regional leaders to determine how any new MetroLink extension would be funded locally."
So the answer is meetings and meetings and studies and surveys and in the end, a very very long time before Metro is expanded. There is a need for it to go south from Shrewsbury, so many people live in south county now it would be a huge boon. But just like the dead end of 170 at the Galleria, this will probably never happen. St. Louis County travel would be so much better if 170 had extended south. There is no good way to get south if you're in mid town, mid county. You have to take surface streets which are bottlenecks during morning/evening drive time and not much better the rest of the day. Lots of stop lights. You can take 40 or 44 to 270 but not everyone needs to go that far. And don't get me started on how difficult it is to get to Watson Road from anywhere north.
If Metro Link does decide to go into south county it would be a good thing. But don't hold your breath.