Metro Transit 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 Video: Big Buses To Hit The Road In June http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/video-big-buses-hit-road-june <p>Ray Friem of Metro has a simple message to riders of its Grand Line: “The big buses have arrived.”&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Metro showed off its refurbished, 60-foot, articulated buses on Friday. The buses represent the transit service’s response to overcrowding on the #70 Grand Line. Metro’s busiest route is often so crowded that riders have to stand – or can't even get on.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:11:43 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 34623 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Video: Big Buses To Hit The Road In June 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 St. Louis Hopes To Spur Low-Income Housing Near Metro Train And Bus Stops http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-hopes-spur-low-income-housing-near-metro-train-and-bus-stops <p>St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced a new program today that’s geared toward building low-income housing near MetroLink stations and MetroBus stops.</p><p>The city will use $1 million from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund to spur development around public transit.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said easing transportation costs can help low-income residents move up the income ladder, giving them affordable access to things like jobs and education. &nbsp;</p><p>Big picture, he said the idea falls under the city’s Sustainability Plan.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:53:14 +0000 Tim Lloyd 31192 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Hopes To Spur Low-Income Housing Near Metro Train And Bus Stops Metro, Transit Union Head Back To Negotiating Table http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metro-transit-union-head-back-negotiating-table <p>Metro Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788&nbsp;are heading back to the bargaining table on Wednesday afternoon.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The central issue continues to be the retirement package offered to new transit workers.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 11:06:20 +0000 Tim Lloyd 29706 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Metro, Transit Union Head Back To Negotiating Table New Fare Boxes Coming To All St. Louis MetroBuses http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-fare-boxes-coming-all-st-louis-metrobuses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting Wednesday, Metro Transit will begin installing new fare boxes on all of its buses, and</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> if your daily commute includes a </span>MetroBus<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> ride, you might want to plan on some delays.</span></p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 18:15:00 +0000 Tim Lloyd 29532 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Fare Boxes Coming To All St. Louis MetroBuses 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 Metro Workers Vote To Authorize Strike http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metro-workers-vote-authorize-strike <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As tensions with management rise, Metro Transit workers have authorized a process that could ultimately lead to a strike.</span></p><p>Now, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788&nbsp;must send the request to strike to its international officials for approval.</p><p>Then, local Union President Mike Breihan said they have to wait for a final decision from the mediator, which is expected at the end of this month.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:50:27 +0000 Tim Lloyd 27243 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Metro Workers Vote To Authorize Strike