Cortex Metrolink Station

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^Great to have the current political rhetoric spreading to new contexts.
Also, they sure had a lame excuse to the removal of the building on Twitter. Makes me sad to see them wanting to remove this building.
From the PD Metro chat yesterday
Metro is currently constructed the new Cortex MetroLink Station, near Boyle and Sarah Avenues between the Grand and Central West End MetroLink Stations. We have designed this project to minimize the impact to customers and ongoing operations. This design includes constructing the station platform and new track immediately north of the existing MetroLink alignment. When this construction is complete, the new track (east and westbound) will adjoin the existing alignment east and west of the new station.
There is going to be a significant upgrade to the CWE station, guessing work won’t start til Boyle station is done
dbInSouthCity wrote:There is going to be a significant upgrade to the CWE station, guessing work won’t start til Boyle station is done
What type of upgrades?



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addxb2 wrote:
Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:50 pm
What type of upgrades?
Extending the platform further east (still between the tracks). The two "platforms" would be staggered so that the north half of the platform can be used for loading while the south half can be used for circulation and vice versa. Imagine the Rock Road Station but with a center platform and without the road between.
^ I assume you meant to say Wellston, not Rock Rd?
With the institutional support for the project, it’s pretty extensive project, north of $7m
Not entirely sure on the details for the CWE upgrades, but as far as I know they are going to move the elevator more towards the center, and widen the stairs. I think the entire platform will be covered as well but not positive. Walking up those stairs in the morning after a full train takes forever.
Improvements to the Central West End MetroLink platform is a little tricky to pinpoint as there are different projects associated with different funding mechanisms. What I can tell you is the improvements that will be made to the platform that are associated with the $10.3 million TIGER grant. (This is the same grant that is financing the Cortex MetroLink Station and a portion of the Chouteau Greenway.) Per the grant, the improvement involves extending the existing platform 60’ to the east and reworking the pedestrian crossing on the east end of the platform.

Separately, Metro engineers are coordinating with WUSM/BJC on a proposed station improvement, and are working to include foundations for a new station canopy in the current construction project. Otherwise it’s just basic station amenity upgrades like windscreens and benches.
Metro has tweeted pics of station progress:

https://twitter.com/STLMetro/status/956559500156088320

I heard while in Cortex today that they plan on a May finish but the goober social media guy :P won't confirm that and only says sometime this year.
Hey now! ;)
STLrainbow wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:40 pm
Metro has tweeted pics of station progress:

https://twitter.com/STLMetro/status/956559500156088320

I heard while in Cortex today that they plan on a May finish but the goober social media guy :P won't confirm that and only says sometime this year.
This station is being built next to the current line - will it be integrated into the system as a regular station point for Blue Line and Red Line Trains? Just curious.
matguy70 wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:44 pm
This station is being built next to the current line - will it be integrated into the system as a regular station point for Blue Line and Red Line Trains? Just curious.
Yes. Will be just another stop for every train between Grand and CWE. I assume the northward shift was for ease of construction, but the shift seems rather unnecessary and led to the senseless demolition of that tiny railroad tower at Sarah.
Yes. By shifting the platform up north, it allows construction crews to construct the light rail platform while maintaining regular service. In addition, a new Great River Greenway trail will also be constructed. This scenario is a safer, more cost-effective solution.
Would contructing platforms on either side of the existing track really been that disruptive?

$10M doesn't sound like they were pinching pennies.
Yes.
quincunx wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:19 pm
Would contructing platforms on either side of the existing track really been that disruptive?

$10M doesn't sound like they were pinching pennies.
Does the reduction of disruption now cancel out the dtriment for the forseeable future of adding the bend?
Another Metro station surrounded by seas of parking lots. Are there any concrete plans by Cortex to build out TOD?
I suspect they think it is TOD.
There are plans for BJC Commons II on that parking lot and also a garage but nothing until 2022ish at best. BJC is having some cold feet after the Kingshighway/FP buildings. Plans have also stopped for development the Queeny tower site once that is taken down next year

1. 2500 spot Garage- planning stages
2. Med research building- concept
3. BJC Commons II- 2020s
4. Garage- 2020s

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That whole 400 acre area that makes up the med campus and cortex has 23,000 parking spots and about 4,000 to go until the streets cant handle that much traffic. But until BJC keeps employee parking free and doesn't give metro passes, its going to be a major issue for the district (WUSM charges for parking between $75-125month and gives out free metro passes)
Made your picture more better. Yes, I'm bored.
I've been hoping Sarah would become a nice connection between the Grove and Cortex. Hope the garage in parcel 4 has some sort of street interaction unlike the soul crushing ones along Duncan and Taylor.

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are they going to just jog the tracks and remove the old ones or take the opportunity to keep a siding there? Hope they keep a siding, many other systems would kill for the flexibility they provide.

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Hello!

Metro plans to remove the old rail. Crews plan to start laying new rail in the following weeks and will tie it back into the original alignment sometime in early spring.
tztag wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:20 am
are they going to just jog the tracks and remove the old ones or take the opportunity to keep a siding there? Hope they keep a siding, many other systems would kill for the flexibility they provide.

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