Metro & elected officials kicked off a series of ribbon cuttings this morning at the Forest Park Station in the City of St. Louis. This station was part of the original 1993 alignment but it was completely rebuilt to serve as a transfer station where the line now splits off to the airport vs. Shrewsbury.
I managed to stay ahead of the train and make it to a number of station openings: Forsyth, Brentwood and Shrewsbury. Below are videos taken at these openings.
Interviews with a number of officials look and sound great but unfortunately they are not sync’d with each other (I can’t complain as YouTube is free). Many thanks to Pete at ArchCafe for giving me guidance on converting the clips from the camera format to Apple’s Quicktime Format (mp4) so the sound is sync’d.
You can also look at my photos from the opening on Flickr.
As you will learn in the videos this corridor has been held for more than a decade, awaiting this use. Also, the ribbon cutting was not done by a big pair of scissors but at each station they had ribbon that broke away as the train pulled in.
Arriving at Forsyth Station in University City
This is the big circular hole in the ground and yes, this is University City — barely! A local band was playing before and after the train arrived, keeping the crowd entertained. A number of vendors set up on the sidewalk just outside the station. One managed to block the artsy bike rack.
County Council Member Kurt Oldenwald
Lyda Krewson, St. Louis Board of Aldermen, 28th Ward
Ald. Krewson spoke at the Forest Park Station but access to the platform as limited so I was unable to hear her remarks there. While waiting at the Forsyth Station she shared her excitement about the new line.
Missouri State Rep. Neal St. Onge, R-88, Chair House Transportation Committee
Republican State Rep Neal St. Onge represents an area of St. Louis County with little demand/desire for mass transit, Ballwin/Ellisville. Yet, as chair of the House Committee on Transportation and a member of the St. Louis regional caucus he was showing his support for mass transit. Here what he has to say about permanent funding for transit in the region.
State Rep. Rachel Storch, D-64
Rep. Storch answers my question on her thoughts about her district (which includes the new line) and the region.
Arriving Brentwood/I-64 Station (Eager Rd)
A good crowd assembled at the Brentwood Station, holding a banner welcoming MetroLink.
Pat Kelly, Mayor of Brentwood and Larry Salci, Metro CEO
Brentwood Mayor Pat Kelly reads a typical proclamation as he welcomes MetroLink to Brentwood.
Arriving Shrewsbury Station (Landsdowne, I-44):
A really large crowd had assembled at the final station and eagerly applauded as it arrived.
St. Louis County Executive, Charlie Dooley
Jim Shrewsbury, President St. Louis Board of Aldermen
Check out the comments by Mr. Shrewsbury, I think we may have an urbanist at City Hall!
Tom Shrout, Executive Director of Citizens for Modern Transit
CMT and Tom Shrout have been major players in the transportation scene in St. Louis for a good 15 years or so. Here what CMT’s Executive Director has to say about next steps. Also, check out their new website.
Donna Baringer, St. Louis Board of Aldermen, 16th Ward
Todd Plesko, Metro’s Chief of Planning and System Development
Anjana Mohan, Metro Group/Scheduling
A personal friend that has been working on the new MetroLink consulting team. She is part of the reason the opening is ahead of the revised schedule.
I hope you enjoyed the various videos. Be sure to share your thoughts on them, MetroLink or topics closely related.
If you have technical suggestions on how to make sure the audio is sync’d with the video please email me privately.