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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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Transit
4:53 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

St. Louis Hopes To Spur Low-Income Housing Near Metro Train And Bus Stops

Metrolink tracks will undergo some grinding work over the next few months.
St. Louis Public Radio Staff St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced a new program today that’s geared toward building low-income housing near MetroLink stations and MetroBus stops.

The city will use $1 million from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund to spur development around public transit.      

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.  

Big picture, he said the idea falls under the city’s Sustainability Plan.  

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Metro
6:06 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Metro, Transit Union Head Back To Negotiating Table

(via Flickr/binkle_28)

Metro Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 are heading back to the bargaining table on Wednesday afternoon.  

The central issue continues to be the retirement package offered to new transit workers.

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Transporation
1:15 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

New Fare Boxes Coming To All St. Louis MetroBuses

Credit Pasa47 / Flickr

Starting Wednesday, Metro Transit will begin installing new fare boxes on all of its buses, and if your daily commute includes a MetroBus ride, you might want to plan on some delays.

Metro tested the new fare boxes on around 40 buses, and customers won’t be able to drop all of their money into the machines at the same time.  Metro Spokeswoman Patti Beck says they’ve learned from their pilot program that it takes some time for people to get used to a new way of paying.

“But then that reverts to the normal boarding process about after a three week period,” Beck says.

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Business
2:29 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Metro Ready For Fair St. Louis, Continues New Farebox Testing

Credit St. Louis Public Radio Staff / St. Louis Public Radio

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.

Vice president of marketing and communications Dianne Williams says Metro is monitoring negotiations with its union, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788.

"We do expect to be able to serve Fair St. Louis this week," Williams said. "We will, if we're able, have extra services out on the street. We do every year for Fair St. Louis to accommodate the crowds."

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Metro
4:50 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Metro Workers Vote To Authorize Strike

Credit binkle_28 / Flickr

As tensions with management rise, Metro Transit workers have authorized a process that could ultimately lead to a strike.

Now, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 must send the request to strike to its international officials for approval.

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.

“If we cannot come to an agreement we have to post the results in the paper for ten days,” Breihan said.  “After the ten days we could strike if we needed to.”

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