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Before & After> Michael Van Valkenburgh Overhauling St. Louis Arch Grounds

[beforeafter] mm_stlarch_01a mm_stlarch_01b [/beforeafter] The Eero Saarinen-designed Gateway Arch in St. Louis is preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its opening, taking place in 2015, and the original Dan Kiley landscape around the monumental catenary arch is getting an overhaul by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA). The full story about the newly updated plans for the ambitious project appeared in the Midwest edition of AN News. MVVA shared these views of the current landscape and what's proposed, showing just how dramatic the transformation will be. Take a look. All images courtesy MVVA. [beforeafter] mm_stlarch_02a mm_stlarch_02b [/beforeafter] [beforeafter] mm_stlarch_03b mm_stlarch_03a [/beforeafter] [beforeafter] mm_stlarch_04a mm_stlarch_04b [/beforeafter] [beforeafter] mm_stlarch_05b mm_stlarch_05a [/beforeafter] [beforeafter] mm_stlarch_07a mm_stlarch_07b [/beforeafter] [beforeafter] mm_stlarch_08a mm_stlarch_08b [/beforeafter] [beforeafter] mm_stlarch_09a mm_stlarch_09b [/beforeafter] [beforeafter] mm_stlarch_06a mm_stlarch_06b [/beforeafter]
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High Speed Rail picks up speed between Chicago and St. Louis

Midwest train travelers will enjoy a quicker passage, as Amtrak approves a new top speed of 110 mph for a section of its Chicago-St. Louis route. Though trains will only accelerate to the new top speed over a 15-mile segment, officials said another $1.5 billion investment over three years of upgrades will bring the rest of the track up to speed. The current top speed is 79 mph over most of the route. Instead of 5 and a half hours, future trips could be under 4 hours. Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak tested a new system of triggers for highway crossing gates earlier this year. Amtrak's Midwest presence has seen a significant ridership boost, following trends around the country. Transit in general may be enjoying a small renaissance, with the CTA counting 16 months of rail and bus line increases. Despite setting ridership records, Amtrak is losing money and faces an uncertain future.
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A Streetcar Named KC?

Kansas City, recently outfitted with superfast internet courtesy of Google, is on the move. And KC taxpayers voted to keep up the momentum this week, authorizing a special taxing district to help fund a downtown streetcar. A transportation development district would cultivate the 2-mile, $101 million route from Union Station to the River Market. The line was shortened by 300 feet after a scramble to make up for $25 million in TIGER grants that the city applied for and was not awarded. Funding for the modified plan came from the Mid-America Regional Council. Now efforts turn to finding an operator. Kansas City will work with the Port Authority to create a Streetcar Authority—a step which has become a hang-up for similar efforts in Detroit. But Wednesday’s vote is a clear signal of public and political support for expanded public transit in the city. KC is also lining up funding for a second phase of streetcar lines, totaling 22 miles of track crisscrossing the city.