Four part series opens Wednesday, June 18 beginning with program on past, future of transportation

A four-part speaker series offering a regional conversation about the future of transportation in St. Louis, sponsored by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments in partnership with the Missouri History Museum, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, and ends with a presentation on Jan. 22, 2015.

All programs are free, open to the public, and will be held at the Missouri History Museum at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park, in the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room.

The first session is titled “Back to the Future: How St. Louis’ Transportation Past Informs Its Future.” Ron Elz, a local radio personality who is the host of Route 66 on

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Gateway Bike Plan gets high marks for education, implementation of bikeways

The 2013 report card for the Gateway Bike Plan shows high-end achievement in the areas of education, implementation of bikeways, and encouragement of biking, and progress in the area of “supporting policies” that affect biking in the St. Louis area.

The annual report for the Gateway Bike Plan can be viewed here.

The Gateway Bike Plan Working Group of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee approved and released the 2013 Gateway Bike Plan Report Card.

The Gateway Bike Plan was completed in 2011 and provides a long-term, coordinated vision for developing a connected system of on-road bicycle routes between communities, transit, greenways and trails. It

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Two routes — East-West and North-South — selected for bus rapid transit option

The adoption by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments of the Interstate 64 and the West Florissant – Natural Bridge bus rapid routes as part of the region’s long-range transportation plan puts that high performance transit option a step closer to reality.

Bus rapid transit offers bus-based technologies that combine the features of rail systems with the flexibility and cost savings of buses. Bus rapid transit has delivered higher speed, higher capacity service in many other urban areas throughout North America and South America.

This approach is somewhat similar to express buses in that the routes have limited stops and faster speeds than normal bus routes. Bus rapid transit is

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East-West Gateway Board passes OneSTL, a regional plan for sustainable development

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments Board of Directors on Wednesday, Dec. 11, esday approved OneSTL, a regional plan for sustainable development that provides a framework for collaboration among local governments as they adapt to the changing needs of the area’s communities.

OneSTL is the culmination of three years of public meetings, surveys, and discussions that were funded by a $4.7 million planning grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of the $100 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program. The amount St. Louis received in 2010 was the fourth highest among the 45 regional areas that received funding. HUD had received 225 grant applications.

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Carrying the freight: using roads, rails, and rivers to the region’s advantage

About half the freight that passes through St. Louis barely slows down, much less stops.

For the region to benefit from being at the crossroads of the country, local business, industry, civic, and political leaders need to devise ways that St. Louis becomes more of a destination, or an origin, and not just a sign post along the way to somewhere else.

Over the next 30 years, freight tonnage is expected to increase by 47 percent, an average growth rate of 1.3 percent. Truck tonnage is expected to increase by 74 percent, with an average growth rate of 1.9 percent. There is expected to be growth in all modes of

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