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Streetcars in downtown St. Louis to connect Midtown, Central West End

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Streetcars in downtown St. Louis to connect Midtown, Central West End

By Anne Allred

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Streetcars in St. Louis could be making a comeback.

The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis is considering seven miles of streetcar lines it says will connect jobs, residences and major destinations.

The proposed streetcar lines would run east to west on the Olive Road-Lindell Boulevard corridor between 14th Street downtown and Taylor Avenue in the Central West End. The north and south lines would run on 14th Street from St. Louis Avenue to Clark Street.

"Downtown, Midtown, Grand Center, a lot of development has happened in those neighborhoods in the last five years, yet the areas in between them haven't been developed," said Steve Smith, spokesman for the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis. "Yet, the street car will start to connect that both in terms of going in between and encouraging development to happen in those areas."

A large part of the funding would come from a federal transportation grant and a remainder could come from a tax on property near the streetcar lines. But Smith says the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis won't go through with this project unless it has broad support from those impacted by it. The idea is just a proposal right now and if it were to go through the streetcars would start running in 2016.

KSDK

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