Gateway Streets

Transportation issues in the Gateway City

St. Louis Streetcar Open House

portland streetcar and max
Portland Streetcar and MAX // drburtoni

The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis is hosting an open house tonight to introduce the results of its feasibility study for a modern steetcar in St. Louis.

Tonight, March 7, 2013   4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Moto Museum
3441 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

Developers Continue to Plague Downtown With Unneeded Parking

Michael Allen has an overview of the latest “developments” concerning the building at 1105-9 Olive Street which the owner wants to tear down for a parking lot despite the fact that the area is already surrounded with abundant parking. Also, he would like to see action taken to deter downtown developers from plaguing downtown with additional parking.

The Board of Aldermen should consider passing a formal parking lot moratorium for downtown east of Tucker Boulevard, to ensure that the city’s heart is a place where real estate grows in value and grows in potential for use and benefit.

ULI Presents Bold Ideas for Area Around Grand Station

Chouteau’s Greenway, a high speed rail hub at the Grand MetroLink Station and/or a platform development were all bold ideas presented by the local Urban Land Institute (ULI) Panel of experts as transformative measures for the area around the Grand MetroLink Station as a part of a study commissioned by CMT.

Couldn’t make it to the meeting? Citizens for Modern Transit has a summary of the event and a link to the presentation.

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Boulevard This!

Ferry Building, The Embarcadero, San Francisco
The Embarcadero passes the Ferry Building in San Francisco. // CTG/SF.
Naito Parkway
Naito Pkwy borders Waterfront Park in Portland OR. // freddy.
Constitution Ave Washington DC
Constitution Ave borders the National Mall in Washington DC. // mbell1975.
Pratt Street in Baltimore in spring
Pratt Street near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. // dionhinchcliffe.
Interstate 70 separates St. Louis from the Arch and it’s riverfront. // Vanishing STL.

MoDOT recently released the draft environmental assessment report for the Park over the Highway project, one of the major elements of the Arch grounds renovation project led by CityArchRiver 2015, and is now soliciting public comments on the document. As proposed, the PotH project will build a one-block “lid” over the depressed lanes of I-70, close at least one block of Memorial Dr, remove the Pine St bridge over the highway, and make many other changes to highway infrastructure.

A public hearing will be held on August 29, 4-7 p.m. at 1520 Market Street. Comments may be submitted at the public hearing, mailed to MoDOT/CR, or submitted on-line by using this form.

MoDOT will provide a virtual public hearing website to display the information shared at the public hearing. That website will be launched on August 29.

River City Casino Not Connected to Nearby Trail

River City Casino as seen from the Mississippi River Greenway.

Much like many sidewalks in the region, what is the purpose of trails if they don’t provide connections to nearby destinations?

The Mississippi River Greenway passes and parallels within 16ft of the roads surrounding River City Casino. Yet, despite getting so close, not a single connection exists between the casino roads and the “adjacent” trail much less the casino itself. A hike through the grass is required to reach the trail.

For a while, this 1/2 mile section of trail was an isolated segment that did not connect anywhere to anywhere. Recently, a one mile extension of the trail was built that connected the River City Casino segment to the Jefferson Barracks system of trails (this new segment, by the way, is one of the most breathtaking and beautiful trails of anywhere in the St. Louis region). Great Rivers Greenway is, also, actively planning a much larger extension to the north to complete the Mississippi River Greenway all the way to the Gateway Arch.

But there are still no plans to provide a connection from River City Casino to the nearby trail.

Pedestrian Countdown Timers That Lie

Green light, red hand
There are still 15 seconds left to cross this intersection.

If you are attempting to cross Lindell at Euclid and you see that the pedestrian signal is showing a solid red hand, chances are you can still safely cross the road. That is because the pedestrian countdown timer lies, reaching zero a full 15 seconds before the traffic light turns yellow.

Because the countdown timers at this intersection are so far out of sync with the traffic lights, I now completely ignore the pedestrian signals. I have seen other people ignoring the pedestrian signals and have even told people who stopped that they can safely proceed. What’s the purpose of having countdown timers if they are wildly inaccurate and ignored by the pedestrians they are meant to inform and protect?

The pedestrian countdown timers at this intersection are hardly the only ones I’ve seen that mislead pedestrians trying to cross the road. Long ago, I reported an issue with the countdown timers crossing DeBaliviere at Lindell in front of the Missouri History Museum; the intersection of Skinker and Forest Park has been a long standing issue; and countdown timers throughout downtown Clayton shortchange pedestrians by 6 seconds before the traffic lights turn yellow.

After reporting the problem with the countdown timers on Euclid at Lindell to the St. Louis CSB last month, the Traffic and Lighting division “supposedly” adjusted the timing of the signals. Supposedly is in quotes because, as of today, the pedestrian countdown timers still lie by the same 15 seconds as they did before.

Public Meeting Wednesday

A number of public meetings and open houses on various transportation topics will be held on Wednesday, June 20.

  • Great Rivers Greenway will be hosting an open house to present plans and accept comments for an 8-mile trail extending from Downtown St. Louis to the River des Peres.

    Mississippi River Greenway: Downtown to the River des Peres
    YMCA Recreational Complex in Carondelet Park
    930 Holly Hills Dr
    4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Every year, East-West Gateway presents its report on how it plans to spend the St. Louis region’s transportation dollars for the next four years. This meeting is the last one being held in Missouri. Comments will be accepted until July 6.

    Transportation Improvement Program for FY 2013-2016
    Maryland Heights Government Center
    11911 Dorsett Rd
    4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

  • University City is, once again, giving its residents (or anybody else) an opportunity to learn about and comment on the Loop Trolley project slated to begin construction by January 2013.

    Loop Trolley Public Meeting
    University City Library
    6701 Delmar Blvd, 2nd floor auditorium
    6:30 – 9:30 p.m.