Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bid to Gain Favor for Metrolink under Way Public Financing Is Sought for Extension, Bus System

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bid to Gain Favor for Metrolink under Way Public Financing Is Sought for Extension, Bus System

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A campaign was begun Tuesday to gain public support to finance the extension of MetroLink into St. Charles County and support a feeder bus system throughout the county.

Civic and business leaders have organized a group, St. Charles Countians for Proposition M, to promote the campaign.

Heading the group is William Randolph Weber, vice chairman of the St. Charles County Transit Authority and a lawyer with Thompson & Mitchell in St. Charles. Co-chairman is Tom Shrout, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit.

Other members of the group include Pat Mercurio, northern region president of Boatmen's National Bank of St. Louis; St. Charles County Executive Joe Ortwerth; and Jim Seamon, chairman of the county Transit Authority.

A one-half percent sales tax proposal is expected to be submitted to county voters sometime this year to finance the projects. The tax would generate about $12 million a year.

"Passage of a transportation referendum is a critical next step in our efforts to bring MetroLink to St. Charles County. Without a source of local funding, there will be no MetroLink in St. Charles County," Weber said in a news release.

The name "Proposition M" was selected because of its public recognition value, Seamon said. It was the title of the proposition for a one-quarter of a cent sales tax that received strong voter approval in 1994 in St. Louis and St. Louis County, he explained.

A study of how to relieve traffic congestion in the area is being reviewed by the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council, the area's transportation planning agency. The study will be submitted for approval to the Federal Transit Administration. "We're just waiting for their blessing," Seamon said.

The study identifies three possible corridors for the extension of MetroLink into the county. The routes would extend as far west as St. Peters. They would connect with Lambert Field and, later, with a MetroLink to south St. Louis County.

Weber said that 57 percent of St. Charles County residents now commute across the Missouri River. "These slow rush-hour crossings represent a tremendous loss of time and a great source of frustration for area commuters. …

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