The Central Corridor represents one of the St. Louis region’s strongest opportunities for economic development and growth. It is anchored by several prominent institutions, including the Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals, and the Center of Research, Technology, and Entrepreneurial Exchange (CORTEX) Innovation Community, a tech district. These growing institutions are projected to continue their expansions well into the future.
The purpose of the Central Corridor Transit Access Study was to identify the role of transit and the feasibility of expanded service options. Lochmueller Group (Lochgroup) was the prime consultant and managed a team of experts.
Several transit enhancement alternatives were considered and a preferred alternative selected. One of the improvements included a new MetroLink Station in CORTEX, which would help stimulate economic development. A new station would also maximize the number of new transit riders, boosting system ridership by approximately 900 riders per weekday in 2015 and by as many as 2,000 by 2035. The study found that additional transit enhancements are also needed to address crowding at the Central West End MetroLink Station. The specific enhancement is to be determined by a future study. Lastly, financing mechanisms were identified to help fund the recommended improvements.