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Leadership, Collaboration,
& Innovation


  • 1949 – 1950

    Bi-State Development was ratified by Congress and signed into law by President Truman on August 31, 1950.

  • 1954

    BSD completed a study of sewer problems in St. Louis County, which led to the creation of the Metropolitan Sewer District.

  • 1962

    An agreement between Bi-State Development and the National Park Service enabled the design and construction of the Gateway Arch tram.

  • 1963

    Bi-State Development acquired 15 private transit firms and began operating the first St. Louis regional transit system.

  • 1964

    Bi-State Development purchased shuttered Parks Metropolitan Airport in Cahokia/Sauget, Illinois, and reopened it in 1965.

  • 1965

    Bi-State Development was the primary force in the founding of the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council.

  • 1975

    Bi-State Development became the regional coordinator of the Port of Metropolitan St. Louis, the leading port of the nation’s Inland Waterways system.

  • 1977

    BSD explored alternative energy and became one of the first transit companies in the nation to operate buses equipped with wheelchair lifts.

  • 1983

    Bi-State Development issued $8.3 million in bonds to build the Gateway Arch Parking Garage.

  • 1986

    BSD established Arts in Transit to promote public art and enhance the regional infrastructure around transit.

  • 1989

    BSD acquired the Eads Bridge, and began restoration of the 141-year-old bridge in 2012.

  • 1993

    During a visit to St. Louis, President Bill Clinton took a ride on MetroLink, becoming the first president in office to ever ride an American light rail system.

  • 2001

    Bi-State Development purchased the Gateway Arch Riverboats and expanded MetroLink farther into Illinois and central St. Louis County.

  • 2008 – 2010

    St. Louis Downtown Airport expanded to include a new air traffic control tower, constructed a new fire and rescue station, and extended its secondary runway by 1,500 feet.

  • 2014

    Bi-State Development launches two new enterprises and explores MetroLink expansion.

  • 2015

    Bi-State Development celebrates 65th Anniversary.