Long-Range Planning

Connected2045, 10 Guiding Principles

Connected2045 - Long-Range Transportation Plan for the St. Louis RegionEast-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.


On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, EWG’s Board of Directors approved the new Long-Range Transportation Plan, Connected2045, the State of the System Report, and the Air Quality Conformity Determination.

Technology in Motion:  Morning Session for the 2017 East-West Gateway Annual Meeting

The presentations from the 2017 East-West Gateway Annual Meeting Morning Session are listed below. Each presentation discusses the implications of new and emerging technologies on our region, state, and country.

Facts and Trends

Connected2045 Facts and TrendsConnected2045 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.

Connected2045 Timeline

Emerging Transportation Technology

St. Louis Region Emerging Transportation Technology Strategic PlanThe 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.



Contact EWG staff by phone at (314) 421.4220 or (618) 274.2750 or by email at lrp@ewgateway.org.