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Read about the Cortex MetroLink Station Grand Opening Dedication and Celebration on July 31, 2018.
On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, a new MetroLink station opened at the Cortex Innovation Community. As part of the celebration, various dignitaries, participating partners, and their employees, along with numerous politicians boarded a train at the Grand station, pulling into the new Cortex station mere minutes after. Numerous media outlets were on hand to document the celebratory event. Local, state, and national politicians, accompanied by representatives from the project partners, spoke briefly to a crowd of over 200 people about the importance and necessity of the new station, and its desired impact on the community. Audience members included Cortex employees, neighborhood residents, and other members of the St. Louis community.
Hank Webber, Executive Vice Chancellor of Washington University and Chair of the Board of the Directors at Cortex, said: “Cortex is a dense, diverse, urban, innovative district, which could not work without public transportation, an essential tool for diversity.” His sentiments were echoed by each of the other speakers, with St. Louis city Comptroller Darlene Green adding, “Cortex is the innovation capital of our region, and this new station is just the beginning.”
In addition to the new station, the new Chouteau Greenway opened, which will eventually serve as a hike and bike path from Forest Park all the way to the Arch downtown. The Greenway is a project of the Great Rivers Greenway organization, dedicated to expanding the ability of St. Louisans to enjoy the great outdoors, without having to leave the city limits.
William Lacy Clay, District 1 Congressman, said: “St. Louis is a place where really big ideas and big dreams can come true, and today is all about connecting people.” The new Cortex station was a big dream, that turned into a big idea, and has finally become a realization, serving as a game changer for the city of St. Louis.
Highlights from the Grand Opening dedication and celebration, Summer 2018:
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Highlights from the Groundbreaking Ceremony, Summer 2017:
Photo credit: Cortex staff / Metro Transit.