U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) met this week with John Nations, President & CEO of the Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri Illinois Metropolitan District and former Mayor of Chesterfield, Mo. During the meeting, they discussed a variety of transportation and infrastructure issues, including the construction and operation of the Gateway Arch passenger transportation system.
"A strong transportation system creates opportunities to grow our economy and spur private sector job creation," said Blunt. "I enjoyed talking to John Nations about ways that we can strengthen local infrastructure and transportation systems in St. Louis, and I will continue to support projects that help us develop and modernize our infrastructure across Missouri."
Blunt serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security. The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the safety, security, and infrastructure of the country's freight and passenger transportation networks.
In April 2012, Blunt wrote the Department of Interior (DOI) Solicitor to request a meeting for the Bi-State Development Agency to discuss an extension of the agreement to help finance the construction and operation of the Gateway Arch passenger transportation system and address important capital investments at the Arch. In February 2013, Blunt also asked the Director of the National Park Service (NPS) to meet with the St. Louis Metro Transit.