Discussion to focus on transportation priorities amid changing demographics

How St. Louis residents view and experience the region’s transportation system depends on who they are, how old they are, how poor they are, where they live and where they work – among other things.

Those demographic variables will be front and center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Des Lee Auditorium at the Missouri History Museum for the third of a four-part series about the future of transportation in St. Louis, presented by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments and the Missouri History Museum.

Wally Siewert, director of the Center for Ethics in Public Life at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, will facilitate the

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Freight — a rolling hazard or an economic opportunity?

What role will freight play in the future of St. Louis?

Will freight be more than a means of transporting food from farm to market and goods from producer to consumer? Will concern about the movement of hazardous materials be too often feared as an accident waiting to happen, or will efficient and safe movement of freight be viewed as a fundamental tool of economic development?

Those topics and others will be discussed at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31 at the Missouri History Museum at Lindell Bouleveard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park. A panel of freight experts will discuss “Transportation Shoptalk – Fueling the Future Economy.” The discussion

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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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