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The St. Louis Transit Report

There's a lot of transportation projects underway or proposed for the Metropolitan St. Louis area - two of the biggies are the new Mississippi River Bridge - finally under construction - and the pursuit of the Midwest China Hub.

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Cass Avenue Demo

Making way for the new bridge. Cass Avenue exit @ I-70 demolition. Cass Avenue - a major east/west artery linking to Missouri State Highway 180 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive/St. Charles Rock Road), will get a major make over - linking it to downtown.

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Delta to become #2 in St. Louis.........

Surpassing American Airlines...

Bye, bye AA.....

BRIEF: Delta to add new St. Louis flights
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Jul 28, 2010 (St. Louis Post-Dispatch - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --

Delta Air Lines will add four daily round-trip flights between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Washington-Reagan National Airport this fall.

The new flights,which begin on Oct. 31, will bring Delta's total peak-day nonstop offerings from St. Louis to 39 at that time -- second only to Southwest Airlines for departures, airport officials said today.

Delta also will add new nonstop flights from Lambert to LaGuardia Airport in New York in September, as well as its Salt Lake City hub.

"We see a tremendous opportunity," Delta Chief Financial Officer Hank Halter said today in an interview. "The market, as we have shown, provides travel interest to these destinations."

Halter said St. Louis has a strong business-travel market because of the number of companies headquartered here, as well as a solid demand from leisure travelers.

"We're thrilled with Delta's commitment to expand nonstop service from St. Louis to key destinations, like Washington, D.C.," airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said in a statement.

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U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM)

This mammoth project will add to St. Louis' stature as a major transportation hub. Official ribbon-cutting is August 12th.

Friday, July 2, 2010
Scott means business
USTRANSCOM moves into new $130 million home
ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL - BY Amanda Cook



Five years ago, the most recent round of Base Realignment and Closure called for the consolidation of the operations of the Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command with U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and its air component, Air Mobility Command, at Scott Air Force Base.

This summer the consolidated operations got a new headquarters: a three-story, 210,000-square-foot facility that serves as the nerve center of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM).

The total cost for construction of the new building and upgrades to an adjoining building was $130 million.

“Scott was the ideal location from the standpoint that many of our components had been housed here for a long time,” said Steven Coyle, BRAC director and engineer of the project. “It didn’t make sense to relocate them. The infrastructure and the type of base it is also made it a very good match for our needs.”

The building, which was constructed by River City Construction of East Peoria, Ill., was completed ahead of schedule, and a ribbon cutting is planned for Aug. 12. Staff members already have begun moving into their new offices.

At the heart of the activity is what’s called the Fusion Center, a large room with a horseshoe-shaped station where leadership receives real-time information from 10 military agencies, evaluates their situations, and makes decisions about how to move resources to meet their needs.

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NOTATIONS:

-USTRANSCOM REPORTS THAT, ON ANY GIVEN DAY, IT MIGHT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HANDLING THE MOVEMENT OF 100 RAILCAR SHIPMENTS, LOADING 44 SHIPS, AND OFFLOADING OR MONITORING 1,000 TRUCK SHIPMENTS.

-USTRANSCOM IS A JOINT SERVICES COMMAND WITH THE FOLLOWING PERSONNEL BREAKDOWN: 593 CONTRACTORS; 449 CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES; 303 AIR FORCE PERSONNEL; 208 ARMY, 166 NAVY AND 19 MARINES.

-A key component of consolidation is moving the U.S. Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) from Fort Eustis, Va. to Scott AFB. Already, more than 500 of those workers from Virginia, both civilian and military have been transferred to Scott, and they are already working out of a temporary modular structure, affectionately dubbed "Big Red." Other tenant partners in the new building will be planning functions of the Air Force Tanker Airlift Control Center, the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC), and the USTRANSCOM Deployment Distribution Operations Center, and other units in the Defense Transportation System yet to be announced.
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I think St. Louis has a good transit system, but their fare structure is horrible IMO. They should have some sort of re-chargable card.
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U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) at Scott Air Force Base

Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 10:17am CDT
Scott Air Force Base to open $130M U.S. Transportation Command facility
ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL

Gen. Duncan McNabb, commander of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, will preside at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to officially open a new $130 million facility that streamlines several operations and business functions.

The project will result in the eventual relocation of about 1,100 personnel to Scott from Fort Belvoir, Va., as called for by the Base Closure and Realignment Commission.

The new building houses USTRANSCOM’s new Fusion Center, the Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, and the Joint Intelligence Operations Center for Transportation.

The Transportation Command facility is a three-story, 180,000-square-foot structure, and the intelligence operations center is a two-story, 29,000-square-foot facility. The general contractor is River City Construction of Benton, Ill.

USTRANSCOM provides air, land and sea transportation, terminal management and aerial refueling to support the global and deployment and employment of U.S. military forces.
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I think St. Louis has a good transit system, but their fare structure is horrible IMO. They should have some sort of re-chargable card.
That is actually happening. They hope to have a card system running by the middle of next year.
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(Delmar) Loop Trolley Plans

Plan for Loop fits U.S. trend, but skeptics cite costs.
Trolley revival rides on nostalgia, utility
BY TIM BRYANT • tbryant@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8206 | Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 12:05 am



Plans for a Loop Trolley have crept along for years. But on July 8, the U.S. Department of Transportation gave the project a $24,990,000 "urban circulator" grant. Such grants also went to streetcar projects in Cincinnati; Charlotte, N.C.; and two in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The department picked the winners from among 65 projects seeking funding.

Unlike other winning projects designed to connect downtowns with other major employment centers, the Loop Trolley would span 2.2 miles and run between the western end of the Delmar Loop in University City and the Missouri History Museum at the northern edge of Forest Park. Plans call for nine stops, including ones at the Delmar and Forest Park MetroLink stations.

Having Joe Edwards as an enthusiastic booster enhances the Loop Trolley's chance of success, Carroll said.

Edwards, owner of the Pageant concert hall, Blueberry Hill restaurant, Moonrise Hotel and other Loop properties, began promoting the Loop Trolley in 1997. He said the trolley "is not a vanity thing on my part" and disagrees with those who say it would do little but draw some tourists.

"It's going to mean a lot for St. Louis financially as far as conventions coming here," he said. "All other things being equal, the trolley could tip the decision in our favor."

Edwards said the line also could spur economic development along the largely desolate area of Delmar east of the Delmar MetroLink station. The Loop Trolley would pass through that area before turning south on DeBaliviere Avenue to Forest Park.

"I think very, very quickly you'll see people investing in not just commercial development but housing, affordable housing and condos," he said.

Edwards hopes trolley construction can begin by late 2011 and be completed in as little as six months. The historic-looking trolleys would be modern, electrically powered streetcars, each costing $1 million to $1.5 million and capable of running on batteries or powered by overhead lines.

Edwards' biggest hurdle now is getting the rest of the financing. Tax credits, corporate support and help from philanthropists "who care enough about St. Louis" are potential funding sources, he said.

Tax credit income could include $3 million from the sale of federal New Markets Tax Credits, according to a memo sent in May to the Federal Transit Administration from Barbara Geisman, the city's deputy mayor for development. Directors of the private Loop Trolley Co. have pledged efforts to raise $5 million to $8 million, the memo said. In addition, the East West Gateway Council of Governments might provide $6 million in future allocations of federal surface transportation and air-quality funds.

Also unresolved is how the privately operated Loop Trolley would mesh with MetroLink and cover its operating expenses. Edwards said those annual costs could reach $4 million, depending on hours of operation and frequency of service.

A transportation development district that levies a sales tax at businesses along the route could provide $500,000 per year to help pay trolley costs, Edwards said. Also available would be $2.5 million in tax-increment financing in the St. Louis portion of the line. Based on projected annual ridership of 800,000 to 1.3 million, fares could produce as much as $2.6 million in revenue.
(Barbara) Geisman said under consideration is a Loop Trolley 'smart card" that would allow a simple fare transfer from MetroLink trains.

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Midwest China Hub - "The Big Idea"

Decision time looming on China Hub project
By Tim Logan tlogan@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8291 | Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 12:05 am |


St. Louis officials with Chinese leaders

The region's bid to land Chinese air cargo flights is getting down to crunch time.

After two and a half years of talks and planeloads of trade delegations crisscrossing the Pacific, the political and business leaders pushing the project say they will know by New Year's if their efforts will take off.

A key study they hope can prove a business case for the flights is halfway done, and so far, said Mike Jones, chairman of the Midwest China Hub Commission, signs are pointing in the right direction. Yet another round of talks is coming up, with Missouri Sens. Christopher "Kit" Bond and Claire McCaskill set to lead a group to Beijing this month. A few weeks later, top Chinese aviation officials and airline executives are due to visit St. Louis to launch a joint study of just how this might work.

"At that point we're going to be in real discussions on the mechanics of this," Jones said. "And I think we'll know if we have the framework of a deal by year's end."

Helping Lambert's case is a strong rebound in global freight traffic. Through June, 28 percent more goods had flown through the skies this year than last, according to industry trade groups, and demand is now back above prerecession levels. Trade between Asia and North America is predicted to grow faster than average in the years to come, and flights heading west — key to Lambert's effort and U.S. job creation — are expected to make up two-thirds of that growth, says cargo leasing company Atlas Air Worldwide.

"The volume of activity we need is there," Jones said. "What we have to do is sell St. Louis."

But that, experts say, comes with steep challenges in an air cargo industry accustomed to flying international freight into established hubs such as Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.

"A significant amount of export cargo" will have to be won away from those airports if Lambert hopes to succeed, according to a preliminary report by the Hub Commission's consultants, Houston-based Aerostrata LLC. And industry experts say that will be difficult.
Cargo 'Travel agents'

Most freight, especially overseas freight, is in the hands not of airlines but of freight-forwarding firms — sort of the travel agents of the cargo industry — who rent space on both passenger and cargo planes to get goods from Point A to Point B. The more international flights an airport has, said Mike Webber, a cargo consultant based in Overland Park, Kan., the more options those forwarders have. That gives the big hubs — with their taxiways full of foreign-flagged planes — a huge built-in advantage.

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BOND: CHINESE ON BOARD WITH MIDWEST-CHINA HUB
Bond: Chinese airlines needed for Midwest trade hub - St. Louis Business Journal
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Lambert Adding Cargo Facilities For Potential Trade With China


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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport officials selected Aeroterm LLC to develop cargo distribution warehouses on 76 acres at the airport to bolster trade efforts, particularly with China.

Development calls for GATEWAY's eastern portion to be new air cargo facilities, aircraft ramp and a 250,000 sf hangar, which is the largest at the airport. The western portion of the site allows for general aviation use including hangars, paint booths and ample aircraft ramp. Additionally, Aeroterm’s development plan offers flexibility which will respond to any on-airport build-to-suit facility requirements.







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Boeing To Open Plant at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport

Thursday, August 19, 2010, 11:25am CDT | Modified: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 12:36pm
Boeing to open plant at MidAmerica airport
St. Louis Business Journal - by Kelsey Volkmann



Boeing said Thursday it plans to expand its St. Louis-area operations by opening a manufacturing plant at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill., in St. Clair County.

Boeing and St. Clair County are entering into a long-term lease for an existing 50,000-square-foot facility, which will be the first Boeing manufacturing center in Illinois.

The plant, tentatively scheduled to open later this year or early 2011, will house assembly and sub-assembly work. It is expected to initially bring approximately 75 new manufacturing jobs to Illinois. These are new jobs and not ones moved from elsewhere, said Lisa Maull, a Boeing spokeswoman.

Gov. Pat Quinn said Illinois is providing a $2.3 million business investment package to help Boeing with the plant; Boeing is investing $7 million in the manufacturing facility.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will administer the state’s business investment package consisting of Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) corporate income tax credits, which are based on job creation; job training funds; and local benefits from being located within an enterprise zone.

Boeing's defense headquarters in Hazelwood, Mo., the presence of a skilled work force and the infrastructure at MidAmerica airport "make it an ideal choice as Boeing looks for opportunities to expand our core business and ensure our St. Louis site remains competitive,” Boeing Defense, Space & Security President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg said at a news conference Thursday.

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Lambert St. Louis International - Main Terminal LED Lighting

An on-going $125-million capital improvement project is underway at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Major improvements, dubbed Lambert Airport Experience, include upgrades to terminals with new carpeting and flooring, new restaurants and amenities, baggage claims area, exterior and interior signage, exterior and interior lighting etc. etc.

The L.E.D. lighting in the Main Terminal is a cool new feature seen by motorists driving on I-70 and arriving passengers.

















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I love the new LED lighting. I totally love when someone does something creative to enhance and modernize an architectural classic. It's great that STL is moving beyond AA and thinking about its future.
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First Chinese cargo flight lands at MidAmerica airport

This stunning news is not be confused with Lambert-St. Louis International Airport's effort to land its Midwest China Hub.

Thursday, August 26, 2010, 3:35pm CDT | Modified: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 4:07pm
First Chinese cargo flight lands at MidAmerica airport
ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL - BY Kelsey Volkmann



A critical cargo test flight from China landed Thursday afternoon at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill.

The purpose of the flight, which departed from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, was to complete all the procedures, communications and logistics coordination required for a long-term air commerce trade route into MidAmerica from Asia and back again, airport officials said.

With the success of the first flight, officials said they expect regular air cargo service from Asia to MidAmerica St. Louis Airport to begin in the fourth quarter of 2010.

“With the start of this new trade route, we believe the overall cargo operations here at MidAmerica will really take off,” St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern said in a statement.

The test flight carried 83 kilo tons of general cargo, including electronic equipment, power equipment parts and industrial equipment. Sky Lease Cargo, based in Greensboro, N.C., operated the aircraft, and Beijing Expedient Services and Transportation of China chartered the flight, consolidated the freight in Shanghai and coordinated the loading. En route from Shanghai, the aircraft made a servicing stop in Anchorage, as most aircrafts from Asia do.

After the successful landing at MidAmerica, the cargo was unloaded to waiting trucks that will transport it from there to Chicago’s O’Hare, Dallas, New York, Minneapolis and Atlanta for further distribution. By mid-afternoon, the aircraft was back in the air to continue on to Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greesnboro, NC.

The new trade route at MidAmerica is six years in the making. In 2005, the airport completed the cargo terminal, and 3,600 acres of the airport became part of the Foreign Trade Zone 31. MidAmerica airport was named a U.S. Port of Entry in 2006 and received its first international shipment from South America. Two years later, the airport completed refrigeration capability and began welcoming regular flights from Latin America carrying fresh flowers, produce and herbs, along with pharmaceuticals and other perishable air freight.

Local and state leaders also have been working to make Lambert-St. Louis International Airport a trade hub with China. A delegation plans to leave for a week-long trip to Shanghai and Beijing on Saturday.

MidAmerica airport Director Tim Cantwell has said he doesn’t consider Lambert’s efforts to develop a $40 million cargo center competition.

With Boeing’s plans to use an entire existing cargo terminal at MidAmerica by the first quarter of 2011, the airport plans to build another warehouse to host the perishable capability as well as general cargo in order to continue to facilitate existing and future international cargo operations.

Last week, Boeing said it would open a $7 million manufacturing plant at MidAmerica.


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Yes, we have a China cargo flight -- to MidAmerica

Yes, we have a China cargo flight -- to MidAmerica
Story Discussion BY DAVID NICKLAUS • dnicklaus@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8213 | Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 3:17 pm |

Even as a local delegation prepares for yet another trip to discuss a St. Louis-China cargo connection, the folks across the river are making it happen.

MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah issued a press release saying that a test flight from Shanghai landed today and unloaded 83 tons of cargo. And the test will be quickly followed by regular service, the news release says:

With the success of the first flight, regular air cargo service from Asia to MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2010.

This stunning announcement comes less than a week after MidAmerica leased its existing cargo warehouse to Boeing for a manufacturing plant. No problem, though: The airport says it will build a new cargo warehouse by the first quarter of 2011.

When I wrote earlier this summer about the St. Louis region's competing China hub strategies, I certainly didn't think we'd have a winner this soon. Here are a few more details on today's flight, from MidAmerica's news release:

"The test flight carried 83 kilo tons of general cargo. Sky Lease Cargo, based in Greensboro, NC, operated the aircraft, and Beijing Expedient Services and Transportation LTD (EST Cargo) of China chartered the flight, consolidated the freight in Shanghai and coordinated the loading. En route from Shanghai, the aircraft made a servicing stop in Anchorage, Alaska, as most aircrafts from Asia do. After the successful landing at MidAmerica, the cargo is being unloaded to waiting trucks that will transport it from there to O'Hare, Dallas, New York, Minneapolis and Atlanta for further distribution. By mid-afternoon, the aircraft will be back in the air as it continues on to Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) in Greesnboro, NC."

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Chinese Cargo Flights Could Arrive by Mid-2011

McCaskill hopeful for two Chinese cargo flights a week by mid-2011
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Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday that she is "optimistic" that St. Louis will have at least two Chinese cargo flights a week by the summer of 2011.

McCaskill made the comments at a luncheon with the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, about 16 hours after she got off a plane from Beijing, where she and Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond had led a weeklong trade delegation for talks about the region's China Hub project.

Trade with China is a great opportunity for the U.S. to boost exports, she said, and St. Louis' economy will benefit if it positions itself as a key gateway between the two nations.

"There is an opportunity for massive amounts of American exports to China," she said. "They can not produce all the things their middle class needs."

While some of the delegation remains in China continuing to hammer out agreements, McCaskill said that more St. Louis-bound visits are planned this fall by Chinese airlines and business groups. Four airlines have agreed to study routes, and McCaskill said she was told the Chinese government would choose one to launch service.

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Awardees : Illinois Department of Transportation, Missouri Department of Transportation

Total Approximate Funding (entire corridor) : $1,133,000,000

Benefiting States : Illinois, Missouri, Kansas

Miles of Track : Upgraded - 570 miles

The corridor connects Chicago, IL to St. Louis, MO and Kansas City, MO. Currently, five daily round trips operate between Chicago and St. Louis and two daily round trips operate between St. Louis and Kansas City. Ultimately, the long-term vision for the corridor is to reach speeds of 110mph from Chicago to St. Louis to Kansas City, with up to eight daily round trips between Chicago and St. Louis.

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Chicago - St. Louis: Using grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), improvements to this corridor will be made that allow passenger rail service from Chicago to St. Louis to operate at speeds of up to 110 mph. These higher speeds, coupled with improvements resulting in increased on-time performance, will decrease travel time from Chicago to St. Louis to approximately 4 hours, allowing customers to reach their destination 30 percent faster compared to current rail service, and 10 percent faster than driving between the two cities.
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Grand Avenue (Midtown) Bridge Replacement

Grand Blvd. bridge to be replaced next year
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Posted on August 23, 2010 at 9:22 PM
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(KMOV) – The Grand Boulevard Bridge in midtown that runs between I-64/Highway 40 and Chouteau will be coming down in January.
It handles about 30,000 drivers a day, and connects St. Louis University’s main campus with its Health Sciences campus.

When the bridge closes, traffic will head west to Vandeventer and east to the Jefferson Avenue overpass or the Compton bridge, which will be reinforced to handle a greater traffic load.

The new grand bridge will have wider traffic lanes, bike lanes and planter boxes in the median. There will also be wider sidewalks and turn-out lanes for buses dropping off or picking up passengers from the Metrolink stop.

The $25 million project is expected to take about a year.

City officials will provide updates later this year on closure and alternative routes.

Additional Information: Grand Avenue Bridge, St. Louis, Missouri. Design, replacement and seismic upgrade of the bridge structure, improvements to the approaches to the bridge, addition of transit pullouts to accommodate transit bus service, improvement of existing light rail transit stations, and improvements of the pedestrian walkways. The existing bridge was constructed in 1959 and is significantly deteriorated. This bridge is a major north/south connection to the Grand Center, St. Louis University and many other points of interest. Two light rail transit stations are located on the bridge. The new structure will remove the safety risks inherent with travel on a deteriorating structure, provide a safer, more aesthetically pleasing transit service for those who use the bus and light rail systems, provide safer pedestrian facilities for students and others, and create a long-lasting improvement that will unify the Saint Louis University campuses.
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Birds in Flight by Helen Lee, Austin Tao, Stuart + Stacey Morse
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