Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Letters to the Editor Aug. 2

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Letters to the Editor Aug. 2

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Need regional collaboration to address MetroLink safety

The Post-Dispatch editorial board had it right the first time: "Squabbling and turf battles must not derail MetroLink safety success" (June 29).

MetroLink is a community with a diverse collection of residents. It's a community with a crime problem, and strong leadership is needed now to deal with this problem. The cooperative, regional effort laid out in the recent memorandum of understanding signed by our elected officials and Bi-State is the best way to make the system safer for riders and ensure public transit continues to be able to connect where our residents live to where they work, study and play.

The memorandum signed by Bi-State President John Nations, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger creates a framework for just this sort of cross-jurisdictional cooperation. The memorandum is the starting point, and it will take additional work and regional collaboration to drive the changes and create the procedures needed across multiple organizations to make it a reality.

The region does not need another layer of government or another police force. We instead need to focus on implementing the memorandum with the accredited law enforcement agencies we already have.

Let's be clear: Success will not come easily. Implementing the memorandum will require all the positive energy our leaders can muster. Unfortunately, it appears more energy is going into pointing fingers and airing past grievances than working together to create a more safe and secure environment for all who ride MetroLink.

Accountability is a must. Lives are literally at stake. This is our chance to show that we can work together as a region even across the Mississippi "ocean" to address one of the most important challenges we face.

Joe Reagan * St. Louis

President and CEO, St. Louis Regional Chamber

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