MetroLink http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis County Officer Charged With Assault http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-officer-charged-assault <p>A 13-year veteran of the St. Louis County police force was suspended without pay Friday after <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/235108021/Dawon-Gore-PC" target="_blank">being charged with second-degree assault </a>for breaking a man's hand with his police baton.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:54:08 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 38362 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County Officer Charged With Assault Public Transit: MetroLink Rate Increases Go Into Effect July 1 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/public-transit-metrolink-rate-increases-go-effect-july-1 <p>Starting this summer, it will cost more money to ride some of Metro’s public transportation services.&nbsp;</p><p>Metro’s Board of Commissioners on Friday approved transit fare increases that will go into effect on&nbsp;July 1. It comes after the agency solicited public feedback on how to raise fares for bus and train services.</p><p>Here’s what the fare increase will mean for riders:</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 21:18:39 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36415 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Public Transit: MetroLink Rate Increases Go Into Effect July 1 Commentary: Market Highlights Possibilities Around MetroLink http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-market-highlights-possibilities-around-metrolink <p>What better way to show potential development in an area than to actually have that development “pop-up” for all to see. That was Citizens for Modern Transit’s idea when it launched the Metro Market at the finish line celebration of CMT’s Great Race on May 8 at the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne MetroLink Station.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 02:54:15 +0000 Kim Cella 36135 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Market Highlights Possibilities Around MetroLink Study Examines Possibility Of A Midtown MetroLink Station http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/study-examines-possibility-midtown-metrolink-station <p><strong>(Updated at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday)</strong></p><p>A pro-transit organization released a study today that could lead to a new MetroLink station in St. Louis’ central corridor.&nbsp;</p><p>A study by Citizens for Modern Transit examined the costs and viability of building a MetroLink station between Sarah and Boyle in Midtown. The station would be located close to CORTEX, a fast-growing bioscience and technology hub. And it would also be close to where furniture retailer Ikea is expected to set up shop in 2015.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34761 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Study Examines Possibility Of A Midtown MetroLink Station Commentary: One-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation May Not Help Cities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-one-cent-sales-tax-transportation-may-not-help-cities <p>The Missouri Legislature is considering asking voters to raise the sales tax by 1 percent (SJR 48) to fund transportation projects. For the first time, transit, bike, pedestrian and passenger rail projects would be eligible to compete for funding.</p><p>But this proposition is risky for non-highway modes of transportation. Why? That is the same funding source cities, transit agencies, bike and pedestrian interests, transportation development districts and community improvement districts are using to make local improvements in the absence of state funding.</p><p><strong>History</strong></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:27:48 +0000 Thomas R. Shrout Jr. 33726 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: One-Cent Sales Tax For Transportation May Not Help Cities Get On The Bus: Metro Grapples With Finding Right Formula To Meet Regional Demand http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/get-bus-metro-grapples-finding-right-formula-meet-regional-demand <p>The Number 70 Grand bus is Thelonda Malone’s primary source of transportation — besides her feet.&nbsp;</p><p>Malone uses the Metro Transit's busiest bus route to get to and from work. She says it’s useful. But some aspects of the ride could use some improvement.</p><p>For one thing: When Malone gets off work at 5:30 p.m., she says she has a “50 percent chance of even being able to get on the bus.” If Malone does catch that second bus, she usually has to stand.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 04:36:17 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 33201 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Get On The Bus: Metro Grapples With Finding Right Formula To Meet Regional Demand Report: Cities Should Make Public Transit, Biking A Priority http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-cities-should-make-public-transit-biking-priority <p>A new report suggests that Americans in urban areas are driving less.</p><p>The analysis of the 100 largest urban areas in the country by the <a href="http://uspirg.org/home">U.S. Public Interest Research Group</a> found that since 2000, fewer commuters are using cars to get to work. And in most cities, the use of public transportation has gone up (since 2005), and more people are biking to work or working from home (since 2000).</p><p>But, in St. Louis, the trend is less clear. Fewer workers are relying on cars, but the use of public transportation has also decreased.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 23:10:09 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 31954 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Report: Cities Should Make Public Transit, Biking A Priority On 20th Anniversary, MetroLink Leaders Discuss Development And Vision Of Transit System http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/20th-anniversary-metrolink-leaders-discuss-development-and-vision-transit-system <p>Twenty years ago today, Metro St. Louis slid open the doors for the first ride on its new light rail system. Although the system was built on an existing freight line, the path to its existence was not clear or easy.</p><p>"Until the very day that it opened, people did not believe this system was going to exist," said Les Sterman, supervisor of the Southern Illinois Flood Prevention District and former executive director of the East-West Gateway Council of Governments. He worked for years to make the MetroLink a reality.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:51:07 +0000 Camille Phillips & Tim Lloyd 28695 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On 20th Anniversary, MetroLink Leaders Discuss Development And Vision Of Transit System St. Louis' MetroLink Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-metrolink-celebrates-20-year-anniversary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Politicians and </span>MetroLink<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> officials celebrated the </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the light rail system Friday at its Grand station stop.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>light-rail system<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> opened in 1993 with an investment of a little more than $460 million, with about 75 percent of that coming from the Federal Transit Authority.</span></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:11:40 +0000 Chris McDaniel 28584 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis' MetroLink Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary Metro Ready For Fair St. Louis, Continues New Farebox Testing http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metro-ready-fair-st-louis-continues-new-farebox-testing <p>The mass transit agency Metro says buses and trains will run as usual for Fair St. Louis this week, despite the possibility of a labor strike.</p><p>Vice president of marketing and communications Dianne Williams says Metro is monitoring negotiations&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">with its union, the </span><a href="http://www.atu.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">Amalgamated Transit Union</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Local 788.</span></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:29:13 +0000 Kristi Luther 27875 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Metro Ready For Fair St. Louis, Continues New Farebox Testing