âIt is clear that working together makes more sense,â said Moore. âThere are real challenges in public transport in North County. “
Moore said AECOM will also be looking at other transit options in the corridor, such as expanded bus service. Moore said the county now wants to focus on North County for MetroLink and is not currently considering other previously discussed expansion avenues.
AECOM is the same company that led a team of consultants for the city that in 2018 recommended that the line initially start from Chippewa Street, near Jefferson Avenue, through downtown to the planned headquarters of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
This route, which would end at North Grand Boulevard and Natural Bridge Avenue north of St. Louis, was approved in 2018 by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, which oversees federal transportation spending in the metropolitan area.
In 2018, AECOM estimated the price of the revised route it recommended at $ 667 million.
That’s much less than the previous estimates of $ 1.4 billion and $ 2.2 billion released earlier for longer versions of the line that also included northern and southern counties.
City voters in 2017 approved a sales tax increase to help pay for MetroLink’s potential expansion. But local officials have said for years that the federal government would have to agree to pay the bulk of the construction costs or the line could not be built.