Can putting health clinics at MetroLink stations lead to better healthcare?

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Health clinics at a MetroLink stop. That could be in the future for north St. Louis County residents. The Bi-State Development agency which runs both Metro Bus and Metrolink is conducting a feasibility study on the idea. B-State project manager John Wagner said Wednesday, "This will bring the health care closer to the community particularly for those who are transit dependent.”He said it would be the first of its kind in the country if the study shows the idea would work. However a spokesman for St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger said county leadership was not aware of the plan. St. Louis County already operates three public health centers. One is about a mile north of one site under consideration for a clinic. All three of the centers have service from Metro Bus but they are not within walking distance of a Metrolink station. The nearly $42,000 study is being financed by the Missouri Foundation for Health. It should be finished by May 2016.