John Nations http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Metro Hopes Transit Center Will Improve North County Residents' Riding Experience http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metro-hopes-transit-center-will-improve-north-county-residents-riding-experience <p></p><p>Metro is building the North County Transit Center to make the public transit experience more comfortable for big chunk of its ridership.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Metro COO Ray </span>Friem<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> jokingly said his agency has an ulterior motive for the project.</span></p><p>“I’ll be honest with you. The real reason to do this is to say that a bus system took over a car dealership,” Friem said on Tuesday. “Who would have thought that was ever going to happen?”</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:47:03 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 38265 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Metro Hopes Transit Center Will Improve North County Residents' Riding Experience Metro's Big Buses Roll Onto Busy Grand Route On Monday http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metros-big-buses-roll-busy-grand-route-monday <p>Jordan Wilson saw the No. 70 Grand Line’s capacity issues firsthand.</p><p>The north St. Louis County resident is a regular rider on Metro’s buses. When he rode the Grand Boulevard line, it was filled to the brim.</p><p>“I can see that it’s already packed, and the need is already there,” Wilson said.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:41:30 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36781 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Metro's Big Buses Roll Onto Busy Grand Route On Monday 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 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 Eads Bridge modernization project to begin soon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/eads-bridge-modernization-project-begin-soon <p>Rehabilitation of the 138-year-old Eads Bridge is moving forward after two years of delays and ballooning project costs.</p><p>The project was to begin in 2009 with $24 million in federal stimulus funding, but labor disputes between contractors and unions, and the project&rsquo;s pricetag, which inflated to $36 million, kept the bridgework from getting started.</p><p>John Nations, Metro&rsquo;s President and CEO says the bridge&rsquo;s age also made the bidding process difficult.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 20:51:44 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3763 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Eads Bridge modernization project to begin soon