Metro Transit

Public Transit Funding
12:15 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

With Transportation Funding Dwindling, Regional Group Explores Alternatives

Credit File photo | Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

A transportation advocacy group is commissioning a study to find alternative funding mechanisms for public transit. 

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Metro Contract
5:12 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

St. Louis Transit Union Approves First Contract With Metro In Five Years, Protests Oreo Incident

Members of the ATU Latino Caucus joined local 788 and members of other local unions in a protest outside Metro headquarters on Friday, September 26, 2014.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Members of St. Louis’ local transit union demonstrated outside Metro headquarters Friday morning, in a protest dubbed a “Rally for Respect.”

Local workers were joined by members of other branches of the Amalgamated Transit Union, as well as members of other local unions to form a crowd of about one a hundred.

The group circled the Metro building for about an hour, chanting phrases such as “workers, riders, side-by-side,” and carrying signs that read “They called us an Oreo.”

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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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Cortex
9:50 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Federal TIGER Grant Funds New MetroLink Station

The new MetroLink station will be located between Boyle Ave. and Sarah St in St. Louis' Cortex innovation district.
Credit Courtesy of Citizens for Modern Transit

Metro Transit has secured most of the funding it needs to build a new MetroLink station in the Cortex innovation district.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is granting $10.3 million from its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, program.

“This is the lion’s share of the funding,” said Metro Transit President and CEO John Nations. The federal grant covers nearly all of the project’s nearly $13 million cost.

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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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Mass Transit
12:11 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Video: Big Buses To Hit The Road In June

Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Ray Friem of Metro has a simple message to riders of its Grand Line: “The big buses have arrived.” 

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.

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Public Transportation
10:36 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Get On The Bus: Metro Grapples With Finding Right Formula To Meet Regional Demand

Tiffany Bailey, center, says the "Metro is her life." But she says the Grand bus line is too crowded and uncomfortable.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

The Number 70 Grand bus is Thelonda Malone’s primary source of transportation — besides her feet. 

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.

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.

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Transportation
5:10 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Report: Cities Should Make Public Transit, Biking A Priority

New report suggests Americans are driving less.
Credit (MoPIRG)

A new report suggests that Americans in urban areas are driving less.

The analysis of the 100 largest urban areas in the country by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group 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).

But, in St. Louis, the trend is less clear. Fewer workers are relying on cars, but the use of public transportation has also decreased.

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