Connected

A connected St. Louis region links residents to jobs, amenities, and community services. Connectivity provides transportation opportunities to all citizens, regardless of age, income, or ability.

Communities that are well connected within the region provide residents who commute to work, school, and other activities with more choices as to where they live. Residents in different parts of the region have very different perspectives on the range of choices they have for transportation ranging from the outlying communities where transit options are few or not available, to the core of the region where people generally feel they have more choice.

The region benefits from a system that includes a well-connected highway network, while the core of the region is served by a light rail and bus system. OneSTL partners will work to enhance the regional transportation system’s efficiency, accessibility, and range of transportation choices to reduce traffic congestion, diminish social inequities, improve air quality, and foster an economically vibrant and prosperous region.

Indicator Definition Desired Trend Baseline Current

Transportation Choice

Total percent of workers commuting via walking, biking, transit, rideshare, or who work from home. 

Up 2010

16.2%

2016

16.6%

Residential Transit Access

Percent of households within 1/4 mile of a transit stop

Up 2007-
2011

42%

2012-
2016

42%

Employment Transit Access

Percent of jobs within 1/4 mile of a transit stop

Up 2011

69.2%

2017

68.6%

Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

Measure of relationship between change in density and change in ridership at MetroLink stations

Up

Method Under Development

VMT per capita

Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita per day

Down 2010

25.6

2016

26.6

Bikeability

Number of miles of on-road bike facilities and shared-use paths

Up 2013

654
miles

2017

884
miles

Complete Streets

Percent of local governments with complete streets policies

Up 2010

3.4%

2017

10.8%

Transit Ridership

Annual transit boardings system-wide (MetroLink/Bus System/Call-A-Ride)

Up 2010

43.0
million

2016

46.7
million