[M]ounting evidence casts serious doubt on Lambert-St. Louis International Airport's ability to become a sustainable international trade cargo zone as intended by the proposal. Excess existing capacity throughout the nation, declining air cargo transportation and the lack of other critical environmental characteristics that define successful cargo hubs raise serious questions about the viability of the "Aerotropolis" proposal.
Before committing hundreds of millions of dollars of scarce public funds, Missouri's lawmakers could consider requiring a wholly-independent study by qualified consultants beyond the influence of the project's proponents. In addition, as has occurred elsewhere when public funds were sought for such efforts, enforceable commitments by major international freight forwarders should be pledged to Lambert-St. Louis prior to committing tax-payer dollars.
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