Fitch Ratings upgraded to A from A-minus the Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District’s 2002 and 2007 debt due to its improved financial condition, helped by the passage of a sale-tax rate hike.

The upgrade affects $321 million of mass-transit sales tax appropriation bonds from a 2002 issue and $21 million of refunding bonds from a 2007 issue.

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