Bi-State Development broke ground Tuesday on a $10.5 million Civic Center transit station construction project in downtown St. Louis.
According to Bi-State, the project will expand the transit station to accommodate more Metro buses and add new passenger amenities and features such as public restrooms, an indoor waiting area, concessions, digital arrival time boards and a public safety substation.
The project is expected to take up to 18 months to complete.
Bi-State received federal funding, which is set to cover 80 percent of the construction costs.
The rest is coming from local sales taxes, designated for transit, from the Missouri side of the Mississippi River , said Patti Beck, spokeswoman for Bi-State.
“This benefits the whole region,” Beck said.
About 7,000 people go through the Civic Center transit station every day, Beck said.
To accommodate the construction project, 18 routes serving the Civic Center transit station have been relocated to Clark Avenue or 18th Street near Union Station.
Among those at Tuesday’s ceremony was Bi-State President John Nations, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, Federal Transit Administration Regional Administrator Mokhtee Ahmad, Bi-State Development Board Chairman David Dietzel and Metro Transit Executive Director Ray Friem.
“This is the hub of our downtown service,” Friem said, referring to the importance of the Civic Center transit station.