Monday, October 20, 2008
From Two States to a Common Region
For Illinoisans, the light rail represents a crucial mobile connector, the vital link between home and work. Every weekday morning, thousands of commuters make the trek from Illinois to Missouri for work.
The exchange between Illinois and Missouri workers is crucial. Illinois residents count on companies like Barnes Jewish Hospital, Anheuser Busch, and Purina to hire a larger number of people for a wider variety of jobs than they will find in Illinois. Also, there are a wide range of citizens who live in Illinois that find more unconventional and artistic jobs in the city.
Illinoisans are not the only ones who benefit by traveling to Missouri for work. The businesses in St. Louis certainly benefit from the access they have to a number of employees with a wide range of degrees and skills.
As travelers cross the Eads and consider the congested morning traffic on the Popular Street Bridge, they perhaps give a small sigh of relief that they are using public transit instead of a car. The light rail seems more desirable at times like these.
And although there's a crowd of passengers during peak hours, something about light rail travel creates opportunities for napping and day-dreaming. Perhaps it's the smoothness of the ride, the scenery outside their windows, or simply the freedom from driving. Whatever the case, it's possible to be all alone there in the crowd while riding.
Notably, this mode of transportation might be completing another, larger feat in addition to taking so many commuters to and from locations near their places of employment. By easily connecting Illinoisans to Missouri, the light rail seems to achieve the task of transforming two different states into a common region.