East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) is responsible for developing the St. Louis region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan. This plan offers EWG’s vision and priorities for the St. Louis transportation system including highways, bridges, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian routes, and serves as the framework for regional transportation decision-making and investments. This document is updated every four years and must balance technical needs, budgetary constraints, and public desires.
Facts and Trends
Connected2045 also identified key facts and trends about current and future mobility for the St. Louis region, like:
- The average St. Louisan drives 25.4 miles per day.
- $7,804 is the annual average cost of car ownership versus $936 for monthly Metro passes for a year.
- 57 percent more St. Louisans lived in poverty in 2012 than in 2000.
Public Involvement in the Long-Range Planning Process
Public input and engagement is central to the success of EWG’s long-range planning efforts and EWG is committed to engaging stakeholders in a variety of ways. EWG conducted public outreach during the Connected2045 development process by conducting a speaker series, workshops, and a formal public comment period.
Emerging Transportation Technology
The St. Louis Region Emerging Transportation Technology Strategic Plan was developed in response to the rapidly advancing technologies that are already disrupting the transportation industry and challenging policymakers involved in transportation planning and investment decision making. The plan is designed to help EWG better position itself to prepare for emerging transportation technologies in its planning and investment decision making processes.