Transportation in St. Louis
Like most American cities, the main method of transportation is the automobile. Use of the automobile is supported by the existence of many interstate highways (I-70, I-55, I-44, I-64, I-255, I-170, and I-270), as well as numerous state and county highways.
Scooter and moped use has been growing in St. Louis. During the summer months, it is very common to see residents leave their car garaged in favor of these more economical machines. A minority of scooter and moped owners have even forsaken automobiles and ride throughout the winters.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is located in northwest St. Louis County, but is owned and operated by the city of St. Louis. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines have the greatest number of flights serving the airport. MidAmerica St. Louis Airport is located well east of the city in Illinois adjacent to Scott Air Force Base. Constructed as a reliever airport to Lambert, it has failed to attract any major airlines, primarily due to its distance from downtown and low population in its immediate vicinity.
Passenger train service is also available through a new Amtrak station that opened in December, 2004 (1 and 2). This station is a precursor of the upcoming Multi-Modal (transportation) Station, the ground-breaking for which occurred on March 30, 2006 3. Other permanent train stations exist in the suburb of Kirkwood and nearby Alton.
St. Louis once had a moderately extensive streetcar system, but service began to erode in the 1950s and ended in 1966. The Metrolink expansion mirrors the original pathways. A movement is afoot to reinstate limited trolley service.
St. Louis was also the largest city between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California on the famous U.S. Route 66.
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