The news that a judge will not allow a referendum on a St. Louis County ordinance that will free up more funds for the Cross-County extension is good: the light rail project is already behind schedule. Stopping it now wasn’t a good option.
But, Metro officials ought to respect the reasons for the bullet they just dodged: voters, residents, customers, contractors, motorists, and elected officials are pretty much out of patience with a project that has produced more legal paperwork and excuses than track.
The Missouri state auditor has a team at work in the Metro headquarters trying to figure out the cost over-runs and operating oddities. Metro officials should cooperate fully and quickly.
Tom Sullivan is not Metro’s only critic.