John Nations

CORTEX
6:37 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

CORTEX Secures Key Funding for MetroLink Station

U.S. Department of Transportation Under Secretary for Policy Peter Rogoff indicates where MetroLink's new station will be constructed with a $10.3 million TIGER grant.
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Under Secretary for Policy Peter Rogoff praised St. Louis' "vision" on Friday after the city received a $10.3 million federal grant for a new MetroLink station.

The planned light-rail station at Boyle Avenue and Sarah Street is a key part of the master plan for the Cortex innovation hub in St. Louis' Central West End. Rogoff said it will make it easier for workers to get to and from the developing high-tech area of midtown.

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Contract Negotiation Stalemate
8:21 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Transit Union Pickets Outside Metro Headquarters, Demands Existing Pension In New Contract

Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 picket outside Metro Transit headquarters in downtown St. Louis on Thursday, August 28, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

The union that represents local bus and train drivers and mechanics picketed outside Metro headquarters in downtown St. Louis Thursday.

About 60 members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) circled Metro’s office building for more than hour in the midday heat, carrying signs and chanting. Chants alternated between “Nations’ pockets are lined with gold” and “We are one ATU.”

Many of the workers were upset that Metro CEO John Nations’ annual salary will increase by $75,000 beginning in 2015. Union members say they haven’t received a raise in six years.

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Mass Transit
3:47 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Metro Hopes Transit Center Will Improve North County Residents' Riding Experience

The renderings for the North County Transit Center in Ferguson.
Credit Courtesy of Metro

Metro is building the North County Transit Center to make the public transit experience more comfortable for big chunk of its ridership. But Metro COO Ray Friem jokingly said his agency has an ulterior motive for the project.

“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?”

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Metro
1:41 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Metro's Big Buses Roll Onto Busy Grand Route On Monday

Metro's 60-foot buses will make their debut on Monday.
Parth Shah | St. Louis Public Radio

Jordan Wilson saw the No. 70 Grand Line’s capacity issues firsthand.

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.

“I can see that it’s already packed, and the need is already there,” Wilson said.

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Bus Fare Stays The Same
4:18 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Public Transit: MetroLink Rate Increases Go Into Effect July 1

Credit St. Louis Public Radio file photo

Starting this summer, it will cost more money to ride some of Metro’s public transportation services. 

Metro’s Board of Commissioners on Friday approved transit fare increases that will go into effect on July 1. It comes after the agency solicited public feedback on how to raise fares for bus and train services.

Here’s what the fare increase will mean for riders:

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MetroLink
8:01 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Study Examines Possibility Of A Midtown MetroLink Station

Chris Beard of Bernardin, Lochmueller and Associates talks about a study looking at the cost and viability of a Midtown MetroLink station.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday)

A pro-transit organization released a study today that could lead to a new MetroLink station in St. Louis’ central corridor. 

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.

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Eads Bridge
3:51 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Eads Bridge modernization project to begin soon

The Eads Bridge was first opened to the public July 4, 1874.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Rehabilitation of the 138-year-old Eads Bridge is moving forward after two years of delays and ballooning project costs.

The project was to begin in 2009 with $24 million in federal stimulus funding, but labor disputes between contractors and unions, and the project’s pricetag, which inflated to $36 million, kept the bridgework from getting started.

John Nations, Metro’s President and CEO says the bridge’s age also made the bidding process difficult. 

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