MetroLink could someday run west to Franklin County under proposal | Political Fix |

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Missouri lawmakers are considering a plan that could one day bring bus and MetroLink light rail service to Franklin County.

Under legislation debated in a House committee Wednesday, supporters of a plan to add the county located west of St. Louis to the Bi-State Development Agency said the county should already have been included in the multi-county coalition.

“We should have been part of Bi-State many, many years ago,” said John Greisheimer, presiding commissioner of the Franklin County Board.

MoBikeFed comment: Franklin County is a mostly-rural county on the eastern edge of the St. Louis metro area. To have visionary county leaders like John Greishmeimer working to support adding Franklin County to the Bi-State Development Agency is a very positive step forward.

Franklin County has a lot of interesting bicycle, pedestrian, and trails projects moving forward now--including the Rock Island Trail which will pass through Gerald and Beaufort, eventually connecting to the Katy Trail at Washington, ambitious new trails plans and a new bike/ped friendly Missouri River Bridge under construction in Washington, a significant local trails organization in Pacific, potential trail connections in NE Franklin County to Wildwood and Chesterfield, and significant work by groups like Magnificent Missouri and the Missouri German Heritage Corridor to promote this part of the state as a tourism destination.

The work to incorporate Franklin County into Bi-State fits right into that positive trend.

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