Slay, Stenger at odds over proposed Metrolink expansion

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and County Executive Steve Stenger are at odds over plans for a Metrolink expansion.

The proposed MetroLink route would begin at the Florissant Valley campus of St. Louis Community College continuing on into downtown St. Louis and will stretch down Interstate 55 into south St. Louis County.

The current route travels pretty close to the new site of the NGA in north St. Louis. City leaders see this route as a major part of revitalizing that part of town.

Our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch report Bi-State applied for a federal grant to study a possible North- South Metrolink corridor. Mayor Slay supports the plan but Stenger's letter to the Federal Transit Authority says he will not support the $2 billion North-South route until the other three, less-expensive routes are also considered. These include a route from Clayton to Westport, Lambert to Florissant and another from Shrewsbury to Butler Hill Road.

Stenger says these routes would cost half as much as the North- South Metrolink proposal. He wants those routes studied as well.

The Mayor's office was not happy about Stenger's public dissent. The North-South MetroLink would take at least a decade to plan and build.