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St. Louis County will be chipping in to study a possible light rail expansion that would run south from Ferguson through downtown St. Louis to the Meramec River.

A red, white and blue light rail car stops at a MetroLink station.
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The St. Louis Parking Commission is putting up $2 million to study a possible north-south MetroLink expansion. Members voted unanimously Thursday to spend funds from the Parking Division’s unrestricted reserves to re-examine the 17-mile route that would connect St. Louis’ downtown to north and south St. Louis County.

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger's proposal would impliment minimum standards for police departments to follow. If they don't meet those benchmarks, Stenger's office could effectively disband departments.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is proposing studies for three potential expansions to MetroLink – but they don't include a North/South line that St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay strongly supports. It’s part of an increasingly public disagreement between the leaders of St. Louis and St. Louis County about how to expand public transportation throughout the region.

St. Louis County Executive Stever Stenger, center, talks with state Treasurer Clint Zweifel, left, and Brian May on Tuesday. Stenger sent out a letter this month raising concerns about the North-South MetroLink line.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger is throwing cold water on a proposal to build a North-South line for MetroLink. Stenger's opposition isn’t going over well with some St. Louis officials, many of whom support the project as a way to spur economic development and bridge the region’s racial divide.

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The number of minority-owned businesses in the St. Louis region has shown substantial growth in recent years, expanding faster than any of the other 50 most populous metro areas in the country.

Martin Luther King Bridge connects Illinois and downtown St. Louis. It was built in 1951.
Sarah Kellogg | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis—still a flyover city? The East-West Gateway Council of Governments just released a “Where We Stand” report documenting St. Louis’ place on the list of the top 50 metro areas in the United States. The most recent “Where We Stand” is the seventh iteration of a project analyzing St. Louis’ current standing and recent progress. Topics considered include emergency preparedness, education, demographic shifts and their impact, economic opportunities and strengths, and the availability and...

The St. Louis Metro is in the top 10 for racial inequality in three areas.
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The St. Louis region continues to have some of the highest rates of racial disparity in the country. Out of the 50 largest metro areas in the country, St. Louis ranks in the top 10 for racial disparity in poverty, unemployment and infant mortality, according to the new edition of the Where We Stand report released Wednesday by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments.

Protesters march down West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson earlier this year.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Plans are moving forward to spruce up West Florissant Avenue, the site of intense protests that followed Michael Brown’s shooting death. Roughly $2.5 million will go toward preliminary engineering on the Dellwood and Ferguson portions of the street. The ultimate aim is to incorporate pedestrian friendly elements – such as new sidewalks and bike lanes – into a 2.6 mile stretch of the road between I-270 and the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center. East-West Gateway added the initiative, which is...

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The St. Louis region received poor marks in a new report Wednesday that compares its levels of racial disparity and segregation to 34 similar metropolitan areas. The report is an update to the East-West Gateway Council of Government's Where We Stand , which compiles data in order to measure the region on a yardstick with its peers across the country. In this update, the comparison was grim. In seven of the ten indicators of racial disparity, the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)...

Kristi Luther | St. Louis Public Radio

From horses, trolleys, trains and steamboats to bikes, cars, buses and planes, the ways St. Louisans get from place to place have undergone a lot of changes over the years. In years to come, even more transportation changes are inevitable. As the administrator of federal transportation dollars, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments plays a big part in deciding what those changes will look like. With limited funds and a long list of needs, East-West Gateway has the difficult task of...

The vision of the river ring
Great Rivers Greenway

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Simply put, the Great Rivers Greenway District , referred to as the district or Great Rivers Greenway, is a publicly funded entity that oversees the planning and execution of a network of trails throughout the St. Louis region. Then again, it often seems that nothing is simple about explaining the district. Here is basic information about the funding, governance, projects and partnerships of Great Rivers Greenway.

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The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River is slated to open early next year. As part of St. Louis Public Radios series of reports on the regions aging infrastructure called How We Move , Julie Bierach spoke with Jerry Blair with the East-West Gateway Council about how the $667 million bridge will impact travel in the St. Louis region. She began by asking him when they started planning for a new bridge.

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For years, there’s been interest in trying to develop more housing, business and recreation around MetrLink stations in the St. Louis area. Tuesday evening the East-West Gateway Council of Governments will begin hosting a series of community meetings to gather feedback on one such effort. Paul Hubbman of East West Gateway Council of Government is project manager for the study. He says one of their goals is to understand why business development around MetroLink stations has been slow to...

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The East-West Gateway Council of Governments has signed off on a set of upgrades to the Poplar Street Bridge. The improvements include a two-lane ramp from northbound I-55 and the addition of a fifth eastbound lane to the bridge. Jim Wild is the Assistant Executive Director at East-West. He says the way the bridge is currently constructed leads to daily traffic backups. "As you go eastbound on I-64, we drop from 3 lanes down to two lanes, and then it increases to 4 lanes over the bridge and...

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The East-West Gateway Council of Governments held the first of four public forums tonight for its new study on development at MetroLink stations. The project will create a toolkit local stakeholders can use to create sustainable communities around MetroLink stations and encourage business development. Mary Grace Lewandowski is an assistant project manager for the study and said the agency will use a number of criteria to identify five stations with especially high development potential. We...

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Last night the East-West Gateway Council of Governments wrapped up a series of open houses for Missouri residents who have questions about the agencys $2 billion transportation plan. Earlier this month the organization that oversees regional ground transportation projects released its funding report for the next three fiscal years. Speaking at last nights open house, Manager of Environmental Services Mike Coulson said they will meet EPA standards for reducing emissions. We have to document...

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The federal government has provided millions of dollars to state and local governments to get them prepared to respond to the next 9/11. In St. Louis and other regions across the country, the funds allowed fire departments to purchase equipment for all types of rescues and train their people to use the equipment. The requirements of the federal grants forced agencies to work together. But federal funding dropped by more than 50 percent between fiscal years 2010 and 2011, and no one is sure how much money will be available for fiscal year 2012. And thats raising some concerns about the sustainability of the regions plan to respond to a mass disaster.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When the Department of Homeland Security released a list in May of cities that qualified for the Urban Area Security Initiative program, Kansas City didn't make the cut -- even though it's been receiving funds since 2003. This year, St. Louis was the only city in Missouri to receive part of the $662.6 million allocated toward preventing or responding to terrorism, and it will likely receive a smaller slice -- about $5.97 million -- than in the 2010 budget year.

Are public incentives likes TIFs and TDDs worth it? An updated report by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments says probably not. "We're not challenging incentives," says the Council's deputy executive director Maggie Hales. "What we’re challenging with the findings of this report is whether what we’ve gained from our investments has been worth the amount of money we’ve paid." The report released today at the agency's monthly board meeting found that private development in the eight...