East-West Gateway

St. Louis on the Air
6:23 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

What Should Transportation In St. Louis Look Like In 30 Years?

The Stan Musial Bridge
Credit (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.

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How We Move
4:57 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Navigating The STL Region After Long-Awaited Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge Opens

Credit (New Mississippi River Bridge Project Facebook page)

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River is slated to open early next year.

As part of St. Louis Public Radio's series of reports on the region's 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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MetroLink
5:01 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

East-West Gateway Hosts Meetings On Economic Development At MetroLink Stations

Credit (via Flickr/binkle_28)

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 materialize.

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Poplar Street Bridge
5:13 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

East-West Gateway Signs Off On Poplar Street Bridge Upgrades

The Poplar Street Bridge.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

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 that creates a choke point," Wild said.

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MetroLink Development
8:40 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

East-West Gateway hosts open houses on development plan for MetroLink stations

(via Flickr/binkle_28)

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.

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Transportation
11:40 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

East-West Gateway says transportation plan will meet EPA standards

J Wynia Flickr

Last night the East-West Gateway Council of Governments wrapped up a series of open houses for Missouri residents who have questions about the agency’s $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.

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Sept. 11: A Decade Later
6:35 am
Thu September 8, 2011

St. Louis region is ready to respond if disaster strikes, but funding cuts have some concerned

(See more photos in the slideshow in the story below).
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

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 that’s raising some concerns about the sustainability of the region’s plan to respond to a mass disaster.

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TIF report
4:50 pm
Wed January 26, 2011

TIF report finds little regional benefit

A screen capture of a graphic representing the different regions of encompassed in the work of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. (East-West Gateway Council of Governments website)

Are public incentives likes TIFs and TDDs worth it? An updated report by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments says probably not.

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