The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $59.4 million grant in Federal Transit Administration funds to the Bi-State Development Agency (St. Louis) for the MetroLink light rail extension project. The grant, in the amount of $27,720,366, will be used to extend the MetroLink light rail system approximately 17 miles from the existing Fifth and Missouri station in East St. Louis through Belleville, Ill. to Belleville Area College. The project includes eight new stations, 20 new light rail vehicles and a new maintenance facility in East St. Louis.
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