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?”
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:
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.
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.