As part of the Northside-Southside study and future planning phases, many documents and technical memos are prepared to help St. Louis regional leaders and the community better understand this important transit investment. Please see below for all public study documents.
The Northside-Southside Study was an 18-month effort, led by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, to study light rail (LRT) investment in the corridor connecting Goodfellow and I-70 on the Northside of St. Louis to Bayless and I-55 on the Southside. This executive summary is a brief overview of the findings, recommendations and next steps.
The purpose of the Northside-Southside Conceptual Design Study is to identify the light rail investment that encourages sustainable development patterns which expand access to opportunity for Study Area residents, matches demographic trends and preferences within the Study Area, and leverages the existing transportation infrastructure to improve connectivity within and beyond the Study Area. The Purpose and Need Report outlines that project's purpose and need, which helps guide decision-making.
The Existing and Future Conditions Report provides detailed information on study area land use and development, existing conditions, regional and neighborhood plans, demographics, travel patterns, activity centers, employment areas, existing transportation facilities and more. This information is needed to determine what would be the impact of the Northside-Southside light rail investment.
This report describes how the Northside-Southside study uses a two-step method to identify the first phase of the project, or the Locally-Preferred Alternative (LPA).
As part of the Detailed Definition of Alternatives task for the Northside-Southside MetroLink Conceptual Design Study, the project team analyzed current land use and future development opportunities for a select number of proposed station areas. The purpose of the analyses was to document the existing land uses and neighborhood character and create a plan for transit oriented development (TOD) that would be appropriate in terms of scale and uses in the selected station areas. One station was chosen from each of the alignment segments, for a total of eight stations, as follows:
Natural Bridge and Goodfellow
Natural Bridge and Grand
14th and Biddle
North Jefferson and Cass
Chouteau and Truman
South Jefferson and Gravois
South Jefferson and Cherokee
I-55 and Broadway
This report analyzes the financial capacity the City of St. Louis and MetroLink (Metro), in partnership with East–West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG), to construct the Northside-Southside MetroLink minimum operable segment (Northside-Southside Project), as well as identify additional potential revenue sources and strategies to complement the project’s capital finance plan. This report focuses on the capital funding requirements of the project.