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MetroLink's cross-county extension

Carpetbagging transit chief Larry Salci announced last fall that Metro's 8.2-mile light-rail extension linking Forest Park and Shrewsbury by way of Clayton -- dubbed "Cross County" -- was not only woefully behind schedule, it had broken the bank. For several months, Metro staffers hunched over their calculators, ringing up the total damage: $96 to $126 million over the budgeted $550 million. Too bad there won't be any money left over to buy condolence cards for the businesses along the line, which have another year of inconvenience ahead of them before the new route opens.

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