St. Louis Metro Transit System makes case for federal money

ST. LOUIS, MO/March 20, 2017 (STLRealEstate.News) It was a big week for the St. Louis Metro Transit System as the group traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby the current presidential administration and fellow lawmakers for steering federal money their way to fund upcoming projects. Headed by John Nations, the group feels confident they will get their fair share of money after Trump completed his recent address to Congress asking for a trillion dollar infrastructure package. It’s no secret the present administration cares about infrastructure, and the St. Louis Metro Transit System wants to take advantage of that.

“One thing about President Trump that we all know is he was a real estate developer in New York and understands how important infrastructure is for our regions,” said Nation. Nation went on to say he thinks a federal transportation program that Congress and the Trump administration can agree on is critical to Metro’s planned expansion of the St. Louis light rail system. “In order for any expansion to happen, it would certainly require participation of federal funding on a capitol project like that.”

Presently, Nations and representatives from St. Louis are in Washington for the American Public Transportation Association Legislative Conference.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) singled out the St. Louis Metro System in 2016 for having an exemplary bus system. The St. Louis group a year prior released a report that shows investment in city transit can yield 50,731 jobs per $1 billion invested, and offers a 4 to 1 economic return. The St. Louis Metro System wants to rebuild the Merchants Bridge, which carries freight rail traffic over the Mississippi River between two states. Nations feels confident that this kind of investment will fit nicely with the Republican lawmakers in Washington looking for a good construction project to subsidize.

Nations was a ten-year Republican mayor of the St. Louis suburb: Chesterfield.