ST. LOUIS — Bi-State Development is moving forward with a $52 million MetroLink safety plan. FOX 2 first reported about the effort in November. 

The agency’s safety and security committee voted Thursday to move forward with requesting proposals for a design plan. The agency also confirmed some private funding has been secured for the project. 

“This could be the biggest thing to help MetroLink,” said Bi-State Development commissioner Derrick Keith Cox. “I believe that this will make it safer.” 

Kevin Scott is the general manager for Bi-State’s security. He said the safety project includes a reconfiguration to add turnstiles, a revamping of fencing, and an upgrade of the transit system’s closed-circuit camera program to include a real-time camera center build-out. 

Another issue the agency plans to address involves the policing of MetroLink. Currently, three separate agencies communicate on separate radio frequencies. 

“Our long-term vision is to marry them together into one police dispatching channel, and that’s what we’re working towards,” Scott said. 

For more details about the safety plan and Thursday’s meeting, click here.