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Bi-State Development May Take Control of Loop Trolley
The 2.2-mile Loop Trolley runs along Delmar Blvd. and DeBaliviere Ave. connecting the Delmar Loop with restaurants, shopping, and arts & entertainment to Forest Park, with stops at the Missouri History Museum and two MetroLink stations.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (PRNewswire), December 15, 2019 - The Bi-State Development Board of Commissioners has voted to authorize President and CEO Taulby Roach to move forward with exploring possible options for assuming control of Loop Trolley operations.
This effort is strictly focused on evaluating potential options to avoid a default on federal transportation grant funding. A final decision on Loop Trolley operations will be made by the Board of Commissioners at a later date.
One of the options being considered is to work with the Federal Transit Administration on a special agreement to re-designate federal funding from capital grants (which normally cannot be used for operational costs) to support the cost of Loop Trolley operations and provide possible capital funds to bring trolley vehicles and equipment to proper operational standards. This preliminary strategy:
This option would provide an opportunity for the region to avoid default on a federal grant, which could hinder the region's ability to successfully compete for future federal funding for transportation projects. It also would provide time to create a new plan to build ridership on the Loop Trolley, develop a financially sustainable model for its operation, and maximize its potential as a regional transportation asset.
- Requires no additional funding from any existing transit funding partner to support the Loop Trolley for four years
- Requires no additional funding from regional taxpayers in the bi-state area to support the Loop Trolley (other than purchasing Loop Trolley tickets)
- Does not impact funding for Metro Transit services; funding currently dedicated to transit operations would not be reallocated for the Loop Trolley
"The current plan provides an opportunity - at no additional cost to local taxpayers - to see if we can reverse course on the Loop Trolley and turn it into a successful operation," said Taulby Roach, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bi-State Development. "A default on a federal grant could affect our region for years to come. Every day we compete with other regions for federal funding. Our job is to stay competitive - this effort supports our competitive reputation."
Hazardous Winter Storm Warning Issued for St. Louis
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ST. LOUIS, MO, (slfp.com), December 15, 2019 - A complex weather system is expected to spread snow and ice across much of Missouri beginning Sunday morning and continuing into Monday.
A winter storm warning has been issued for the greater St. Louis area with total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.
Snowfall rates could exceed 1 inch per hour at times. Temperatures remaining in the upper 20s on Sunday and Sunday night will aid in the rapid accumulation of snow, especially on untreated roads, bridges, and overpasses.
MoDOT workers are treating roads and bridges in advance of the storm and drivers are urged to keep informed of the rapidly changing forecast.
Remember that even a trace of freezing precipitation can cause slippery roads. Strong winds are also possible.
If travel is necessary, make sure to exercise extreme caution. Begin your travel with a full tank of gas, and carry a winter storm kit which includes a shovel, flashlight, cellphone, food and water, and blankets or extra warm clothing.
The latest road conditions can be obtained on the Internet at
traveler.modot.org/map/ or by calling 1-888-275-6636.
GM Investing $1.5 Billion at Wentzville Plant
ST. LOUIS, MO, (slfp.com), December 15, 2019 - On Friday, Governor Mike Parson joined General Motors (GM) leadership, government officials, and community partners for the announcement of GM's decision to invest $1.5 billion in next neneration mid-size trucks and retain nearly 4,000 jobs at its Wentzville facility.
Today's announcement represents one of the largest single project investments from the private sector in Missouri.
"We are excited and proud that General Motors, an American multinational corporation with more than 100 years of automotive industry experience, is renewing its commitment to our region with this investment in the Wentzville plant. This is truly a historic moment for Missouri, and it was an honor to be part of today's announcement," Governor Parson said.
"From day one, our administration has been focused on workforce development and infrastructure, and this project falls right in line with these priorities," Governor Parson continued. "Partners from higher education, transportation, state and local government, and our legislature all came together to help secure the future of this facility, and today that hard work paid off. The result is a $1.5 billion investment and 4,000 good-paying jobs that will benefit not only Wentzville, but every corner of the state for generations to come."
The Wentzville plant supports 12,241 jobs throughout Missouri's economy and generates more than $2 billion in GDP annually. Out of the state's 227 automotive suppliers, 178 supply GM, accounting for more than $700 million spent by GM on Missouri suppliers.
"Wentzville is fortunate to have a strong employer like General Motors in our community. We have and will continue to support the organization and are proud that they call Wentzville home. General Motors' reinvestment in our community speaks volumes; we are thankful for General Motors' commitment to our community and to its current and future workforce," Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione said.
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