ST. LOUIS – There is a big push to shake up MetroLink leadership in order to keep riders safe. The rail line has been plagued with crime on trains and at stations. There are also allegations that officers assigned to patrol it are sleeping on the job. Now, St. Louis City and County leaders are calling on Gov. Eric Greitens to replace some board members and give Bi-State Development, the agency that runs MetroLink, a fresh start.
There are four members of the Bi-State Development Board of Commissioners who represent the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County. All four members are serving on expired terms. St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger says they weren’t doing anything wrong, but a new board would bring a fresh perspective on improving MetroLink safety.
“They’ve served faithfully but I think now is the time, given the situation that we find ourselves in, to have a fresh perspective and really a reset for Bi-State and for Metro,” Stenger said.
There’s also one vacant seat. Stenger and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson want five new members. They sent a letter to the governor asking him to choose from a variety of candidates they recommend for the board.