Media Advisory: Missouri’s business leaders meet in St. Louis to explore Missouri’s transportation future


Missouri’s business leaders meet in St. Louis to explore Missouri’s transportation future

WHAT:                 Leadership Missouri was founded in 1990 to identify current and emerging business and government leaders throughout Missouri, enhance leadership skills, and deepen participants’ knowledge of the economic challenges and opportunities facing the state. The class will meet seven times through this year in seven different communities to explore issues that affect Missouri businesses. The goal is to prepare participants to take an active role in advancing the state for the common good.


WHO:                   Missouri business and government leaders from throughout the state, who were nominated by their employers to participate in the 2014 Leadership Missouri Class.


WHEN:                 Thursday, July 10 through Friday, July 1.


WHERE:              St. Louis, Mo.


WHY:                   Participants will learn more about the state of Missouri’s transportation future through tours of airports, train stations and MoDot facilities.          


NOTE:                   All members of the media are invited to attend. A complete agenda follows.






Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch, 2 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO  63102; 314.231.3003

July 9 – 11, 2014


Thursday, July 10, 2014





8:00 am

Board Bus



8:30 am

Arrive Lambert Airport (Walk to Lindberg conference room, upper level of main terminal.)



8:45 am


Overview of Missouri’s Transportation System

–          Paula Gough, MODOT

–          Ray Friem, Metro St. Louis



9:30 am


Lambert Airport

–          Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director, Lambert Airport

  • Cargo Hub
  • Services and how they impact the economy
  • Economic Development at Lambert Airport



10:20 am

Depart and walk to MetroLink station



10:27 am

MetroLink Departs Airport – MetroLink is the light rail transit system in the Greater St. Louis area of Missouri and the Metro East area of Illinois. The system consists of two lines (Red Line and Blue Line) connecting Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and Shrewsbury, MO with Scott Air Force Base near Shiloh, Illinois through downtown St. Louis. The system features 37 stations and carries an average of 51,716 people each weekday. A second line, the “Cross-County Extension”, known as the Blue Line, opened to the public August 26, 2006. This 8-mile, nine-station line connects Washington University, Clayton, the popular Saint Louis Galleria shopping center, and Shrewsbury to the system. Further extensions are under study, but no alignments have yet been chosen, engineered, or funded.



10:57 am

Arrive Civic Center MetroLink Station, i.e. the Multi-Modal Station – The Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center, also known as Gateway Transportation Station or Gateway Station, is a rail and bus terminal station in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Opened in 2008 and operating 24 hours a day, it serves Amtrak, St. Louis MetroLink, MetroBus regional buses, Greyhound cross-country buses, and taxis. Missouri’s largest rail transportation station, it is located one block east of St. Louis Union Station.


11:14 am

Board Metro Bus – 99 Downtown Trolley (get off at Market and Broadway – walk 2 blocks toward the Arch, at the corner of Market and Memorial)


11:25 am

Arrive at Gateway Tower, One Memorial Drive, Suite 700, St. Louis, MO 63102


11:30 am

Presentation regarding City Arch River including “Park Over the Highway” – a park being built over Interstate 70 in St. Louis. The project’s purpose is to reconnect the downtown area with the iconic Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River

–          Ryan McClure, City Arch River

–          Deanna Venker, PE, Area Engineer, City of St. Louis, MODOT

  • Expanding the Arch
  • Pedestrian traffic
  • Agency Collaboration




12:00 pm             



Depart for lunch at East-West Gateway Council of Governments, One Memorial Dr., Suite 1600


12:15 pm

Arrive Lunch


1:00 pm

Board Bus for Melvin Price Lock and Dam, #2 Lock and Dam Way, E Alton, IL   62024


1:45 pm




Mel Price Lock and Dam Tour and Presentation

Melvin Price Locks and Dam replaced Lock and Dam 26, which was demolished in 1990.  The construction of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam constituted the first replacement of an original installation of the 9-Foot Channel Project. Throughout its design and construction, the Corps engaged in an extensive program of computer-assisted design, testing and evaluation to create a structure that represents the state of the art in river navigation control works.

–          Angela Smith, US Army Corp of Engineers


3:00 pm



3:10 pm

Board Bus for Missouri Athletic Club,405 Washington Ave, St Louis, MO; (314) 231-7220


3:45 pm


Arrive Missouri Athletic Club

Railroad Terminal Association – A switching and terminal railroad owned by railroads in St. Louis, Missouri which handles traffic through its metropolitan area.

–          Welcome by Mike McCarthy, President


4:05 pm



4:15 pm

Concrete, Asphalt, Recycled Materials – materials used in roads – how do they stack up?

–          Mark Luther, Sr. Technical Services Engineer, Holcim US, Inc.

–          Thomas Blair, MODOT


4:45 pm

There are multiple transportation modes, but at some point the trucking industry is involved in virtually every shipment of goods.

–          Jennifer Mason, Roberts Perryman PC (Moderator)

–          Scott Randall, Hogan Transports Inc.

  • Obstacles facing the trucking industry
  • Regulations that increase the cost of moving goods


5:15 pm

Board Bus for hotel



Friday, July 11, 2014



8:00 am

Depart hotel for MODOT Facility, 14301 South Outer Forty, Chesterfield, MO


8:30 am



Arrive MODOT Facility, 14301 South Outer Forty, Chesterfield, MO

Missouri’s Transportation System – Where do we go and how do we get there?

–          Paula Gough, Moderator

–          Ed Hassinger, MoDOT Chief Engineer

–          Ed Hillhouse, East/West Gateway Council

–          Ray Friem, Transit System

10:00 am



10:15 am

Break into groups – Tour MODOT facility/Impaired Driving Simulation


11:30 am

Wrap-up with David Silvester, Paula Gough and Thomas Blair. Then adjourn.

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