Across our eight-county metropolitan region, St. Louis does include neighborhoods and corridors that enjoy relatively high population density that can be supportive of light rail. Investments in transit service, especially those that involve big infrastructure like light rail, are most effective in dense corridors that link major population, employment and other activity centers, like our central corridor. Our regional leadership, through East-West Gateway Council of Governments, selects when and where major infrastructure projects will be pursued. In the case of light rail, any new expansion would require funding through the Federal Transit Administration, which has very competitive guidelines for cost effectiveness, economic development impacts, mobility improvements and equity. If we propose a project that is not competitive, it will not compete well, and therefore not receive funding. Metro and our partners are very mindful of these requirements when considering any infrastructure project.
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