Street Cars Could Be Coming Back To Downtown St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Just like University City, street cars may be coming back to downtown St. Louis.

The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis teamed up with US Bank and Grand Center to look closely at this idea of bringing modern streetcars to downtown St. Louis.

According to the study, which was released to the public at an open house Thursday afternoon, there could be some significant benefit to the city if this plan goes forward, to the tune of $540 million in new development in the first five years alone.

The idea is to connect downtown neighborhoods to jobs, services and other destinations.

The study looked at two possible routes, one west-to-east along Olive Street and Lindell from 6th Street downtown out to the Central West End.

The other runs north/south along 14th Street, connecting St. Louis Avenue to Metro`s Civic Center Station near I-64.

The study says that within 20 years, the street carlines could spur up to $2.1 billion in new development.

The next step in the process is for the East-West Gateway Council to fold the idea into its long-range planning, then there is an environmental impact study that has to be done.  But if all goes as planned, the lines could be in operation by 2017.

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