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.
Following 18 months of technical analysis and community input, which is summarized in this report, the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the current Study has been identified as center-running light rail transit (LRT) that primarily operates along Natural Bridge Avenue, 9th and 10th Streets, and Jefferson Avenue between Grand Boulevard and Chippewa Street.
Locally Preferred Alternative Planning Support Report [Download PDF]
The purpose of the Project Management Plan is to provide a guide for all project team members and an overall approach for the completion of the Northside-Southside Conceptual Design Study. The plan provides a description of the purpose, assumptions, work scope, deliverables, level of effort, and project assignments for each task, as well as the project schedule.
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.
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.
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).
Detailed Evaluation Summary Report June 2018 [Download PDF]
This report provides a preliminary assessment of the Minimal Operating Segment (from Chippewa to Grand) competitiveness for a Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant.
This report presents the results of the evaluation of the alternatives with respect to four environmental impact sub-criteria: Natural Resource Assessment, Noise and Vibration Assessment, Cultural and Historic Resources, and FTA Environmental Benefits Measure.
This tech memo includes the operating and maintenance (O&M) costs associated with a variety of build alternatives.
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 tech memo discusses the ridership potential for the build alternatives.
This report (Tech Memo 4: Order of Magnitude Capital Costs) presents the results of the evaluation of the alternatives with respect to capital costs.
The purpose of this white paper is to provide East-West Gateway (EWG) and City of St. Louis with an assessment of the overall parking conditions along the proposed Northside-Southside alignment, with emphasis at the stations as it relates to existing parking and future development.
This report presents the results of the evaluation of the alternatives with respect to three transportation sub-criteria: Parking Impacts, Traffic Impacts, Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity.
The study team received community feedback and learned additional details about the pedestrian and vehicle entrances to the new NGA facility. This input resulted in the addition of an alternative primarily along Cass Avenue through the NGA / Old North St. Louis / Carr Square neighborhood. This tech memo evaluates this alternative.
This report details the online survey and over 3,300 responses received asking the community about their transit investment priorities and station area preferences.
This report details the public engagement activities conducted by the study from May 2017 until April 2018.