Proposed criteria, vehicle design specifications, station configuration, construction methods, operating characteristics, route descriptions, and cost estimates are presented for a steel-wheel/steel-rail transit system for the St. Louis metropolitan area. The suggested long-range transit program envisions a system consisting of a grade-separated transit system on an exclusive right-of-way utilizing new construction for at-grade, aerial, and subway structures. In addition, a comprehensive bus system would be integrated into the system as an essential element to be used both for feeder--distributor service and for travel demands not conveniently served by the rail transit routes. The proposed rail system consists of eight lines (five in Missouri, two in Illinois, and one connecting the two states). An additional line, the Kirkwood line, is suggested as a possible addition to the long-range transit program, provided that the right-of-way and trackage can be provided at low cost. Three basic types of construction were considered for the project: subway, aerial, and at-grade. With subway construction, community disruption and dislocation of people and businesses would be minimal. Stations can be mined out, further reducing disruption at the surface. Because of these advantages, and because the estimated cost of tunneling in the rock formation is competitive with the cost of aerial structure plus right-of-way, it is planned to construct more than 67 miles of the rapid transit system underground. The total patronage estimated for the long-range transit program was 600,000 daily trips.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Parsons, Brinckerhoff-Tudor-Bechtel

    814 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA  United States  94103
  • Publication Date: 1971-8

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00044213
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1974 12:00AM