I’m excited about the proposed St. Louis Streetcar, I’m a streetcar fan and the idea of living just a block away from the line has be overjoyed. Like out 20 year old light rail line, the streetcar primarily serves the city’s central corridor — downtown and parts west. North & south St. Louis wouldn’t benefit with the original route. I’ve lived 16 of my 23 years in St. Louis in north (3) and south (13) city, I know what it’s like to see millions spent on transit infrastructure with little personal benefit.
Even living downtown now I use MetroBus way more often than MetroLink, the bus is closer to me and my frequent destinations than light rail.
For the purposes of this post/poll I’ve made the following assumptions:
- The initial streetcar line will open in 2017, aligned as proposed.
- The #70 MetroBus line on Grand will get longer articulated buses.
- In-street light rail to quickly get north & south county suburbanites to ballgames won’t move forward
- Modern streetcars are as much about economic development as transportation.
The poll this week is broken into two questions: 1) how would you expand the proposed streetcar line further into north St. Louis from the spur at N. Florissant @ St. Louis Ave. and 2) how would you expand the proposed streetcar into south St. Louis from 14th @ Clark.
The north options I’ve listed in the poll are:
- Cass to MLK to the St. Charles Rock Rd MetroLink station. This goes though areas in need of development, investment, & jobs, but doesn’t go very far north
- West on St. Louis Ave to Goodfellow. This goes through areas also needing the above but runs through primarily residential areas while crossing major commercial streets.
- N. Florissant to Natural Bridge, eventually out to UMSL south MetroLink. Natural Bridge is a wide right-of-way, plenty of room for a streetcar in the center.
- N. Florissant past the cemeteries to Goodfellow. This goes farther north than the other options, possible connections to north county bus/streetcar
The south options listed all start by going south on 14th from Clark:
- Chouteau to Broadway to River Des Peres
- Chouteau to Jefferson to Chippewa to Lansdowne to Shrewsbury MetroLink
- Lafayette to Tucker to Gravois to Hampton
- Chouteau to Vandeventer to Southwest to Hampton
Poll questions for both north & south are in the right sidebar. As you can see these vary and cover different parts of the city. Variations in the street network between north & south city plays a role as well.
Please share your ideas for local modern streetcar routes in north & south S. Louis in the comments below.
— Steve Patterson