Monday, May 15, 2006

Very Exciting

There might be putting in a Metrolink next to the Royale! Yay! This cannot happen fast enough. Transportation is going to be changing more and more in the years to come. This is only a good thing. The plan says a stop on Arsenal between Brannon and the Schnucks and another down south of the Home Depot. I bet this is ten years out, but I hope to have this business for much longer than that. The bike rack will get even more use.

I still remember in college when they were talking about the Metrolink and north county. People would say the folks from the city and/or East STL would jump the train and come out and break into their houses and steal their TVs. I remember when one of my classmates was relaying this "true" scenario and all I could think of was some fella sitting on the train with a big TV on his lap. All I could do was laugh. It was a funny visualization. Around the same time I remember hearing talk radio around the time of the Rodney King riots in LA. One guy, it was one of the big names but I can't remember who, was warning that once the people in the city were done rioting we would head out to Saint Charles and riot. This was so funny and odd. We did not have any riots in the STL, although things were tense without doubt. I was thinking of people carpooling out to Saint Chuck to riot. That would have been a very funny movie. I could imagine the chuckleheads that riot trying to coordinate rides out to the burbs. Weird weird weird how disconnection can fuel the imagination or fantasy.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

from NorthSouthStudy site:

"The first round of public open houses has been scheduled. Come view the initial set of preliminary MetroLink routes and other transit improvements within the City of St. Louis and give us your input. The same information will be presented at each open house. Feel free to stop by any time during the open house.

Thursday, June 15, 2006
5:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
Monsanto Center
Missouri Botanical Garden
4500 Shaw Blvd. (at Vandeventer)
St. Louis, MO 63110
Presentations at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m."

It's too bad the train won't be running in time for "Rylee's Grampa's Friends" show on May 27th at The Royale.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All those blue collar west countians will be wishing there was a train route out that way once construction starts on HW 40.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

I'd like to believe it could happen in 10 years, but with the funding situation right now it might be more like 20 years.

But who knows at this point.

Anyway, it's a short hop on the #95 now to the CWE station; or, soon, on the #30 to the Manchester-Maplewood station.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous urban Review said...

Don't bank on that route just yet. Today E-W Gateway presented a couple of alternatives at a luncheon.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Mike M said...

I'd like to see Metrolink expand everywhere. And there is the racist faction of St Louis that thinks crime will increase. They're small minded, afraid of change, and just plain bigoted.

Of course, with the corruption on the last Metro project, it doesn't bode well for future expansion.

Personally, I wish a private company ran metro, I don't think as much money would get embezzled. Don't get me wrong, money would be embezzled. But someone would be held accountable, as least at some point...

1:23 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

I wish the Metrolink would expand. And there are racist factions of St Louis that want to prevent that.

However, with as much embezzlement taking place on the cross-county project, I question whether there will be another expansion.

1:25 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

Isn't bistate a private company that just uses tons of public funds?

Then again, the highway dept is hardly a squeaky clean agency in terms of corrupt contracts.

3:58 AM  

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