Metro Link controversy is in the St. Louis news...again. What's it been, several decades? St. Louis Mayor Slay wants a north south extension to the light rail and announced that opinion yesterday. Then, St. Louis Country executive, Steve Stenger, voiced his unhappiness with Slay and the plan claiming the county has been left in the dark over these plans.
This is not a political party split, democrats v republicans since both these men are democrats. It's all about what's going on in "my back yard". Territorial stuff.
It's too bad there has long been local fighting over territory where metro link is concerned because after several decades not much expansion has been done and most areas of the St. Louis region aren't served by it. This is the same old story like after interstate 170 was beginning construction. It dead ended at highway 40/64 and Eager Road. It would have served the region well if political types had over come the opposition to continue south, but no, regional arguments won the day. Now, it's almost impossible to get to south county without having to slog down 270 with a million other people.
The same regional deadlock stopped metro link from going out to St. Charles Country which it should have. How many traffic jams could have been avoided if only commuters had had the option to take the train? Taking the train to work is a given in most cities, but not here.
I don't know exactly what's going on with Slay and Stenger but my belief is Metro Link should be expanded and not just north and south but East and west and into other places in Illinois.