Safety on public transit is a regional issue. It affects our ability to attract new businesses and residents to St. Louis, but it also impacts our current businesses and our residents’ quality of life. Thousands of people and businesses rely on safe and reliable public transit. That is why we at the Regional Chamber, and the thousands of companies and organizations we represent, applaud and support Mayor Krewson, County Executive Stenger, County Board Chairman Kern, and Bi-State Development President John Nations for coming together to address safety on MetroLink.
Our regional elected officials’ swift and decisive actions to allocate more resources, coordinate more effectively among policing entities, and improve police presence on MetroLink will help to make our system safer. Increased safety will help increase ridership, which will in turn drive development around MetroLink stations and make expansion more attractive. This is one of the most important keys to improving and growing public transit in our region.
Every person in St. Louis deserves the opportunity to be safe and secure on our region’s public transit system. The signing of this memorandum of understanding is a move in the right direction.