Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Metrolink Issue Gets Backing of Civic Groups

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Metrolink Issue Gets Backing of Civic Groups

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The St. Charles County Municipal League and the board of directors of the St. Peters Chamber of Commerce have joined the endorsers of Proposition M.

Both voted last week to support the proposal for a one-half of 1 percent sales tax to help finance the extension of MetroLink to St. Peters from Lambert Field and a bus system within the county.

The resolution passed by the Municipal League says growth in the county "has reached the point that lack of a public-transit option is a serious infrastructure component that is missing and is necessary in order to sustain this region's future growth." The league, which is composed of officials representing the county's municipalities, is urging passage of Proposition M in the general election Nov. 5 to enable the county to participate "in a truly regional transportation network." Further, the league's resolution asserts that the extension of MetroLink to St. Peters and the creation of an intra-county feeder bus system "is vital to mitigate traffic congestion and add to the quality of life in St. Charles County." The resolution points out that revenue from the tax would be "under the exclusive control of the St. Charles County Transit Authority." St. Charles Mayor Bob Moeller, who is president of the Municipal League, signed the resolution Wednesday. The St. Peters chamber directors say studies show that a MetroLink extension to St. Charles County would bring construction of more than $400 million to the Interstate 70 corridor, as well as $240 million to $300 million in development and business expansion. The resolution says one estimate is that more than 2,000 jobs would be created during the construction phase and that new development and business expansion along the corridor would create still more construction-related jobs. The operation of light rail and buses would create permanent jobs. …

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