A class-action lawsuit alleging privacy violations by the St. Louis transit agency Metro has been settled. The winners get free rides on the MetroLink light rail system.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Metro last month agreed to settle the suit claiming the agency violated federal law when its ticket vending machines printed receipts showing the last four digits of credit or debit cards, plus the expiration dates, from Jan. 21, 2010, to Aug. 16, 2011.
Some Metro Transit riders saw new fare boxes as they boarded buses today.
The agency is testing the new fare boxes, which look a little like vending machines, on 40 of its buses.
The new fare boxes don’t allow customers to drop all of their money into the machines at the same time, and Metro Transit spokeswoman Dianne Williams said that change has been the source of most early complaints.
Some Missourians could soon have their criminal records expunged
Missourians could be able to get some criminal misdeeds expunged from their records.
Under newly approved state legislation, people could ask the courts to erase their criminal history after 10 years for a misdemeanor and after 20 years for a felony.
Those seeking to have criminal records expunged would need to have completed their prison terms, probation and parole. They also would need to have paid restitution and not have committed another crime.
St. Louis County Council gives initial approves $46 million budget for Metro
Last night the St. Louis County Council moved one step closer to approving two funding bills for the public transit agency, Metro - despite one councilman raising concerns about how the agency has spent tax dollars in the past.
Councilman Steve Stenger had threatened to withhold around $6 million- the amount Metro transit paid to a developer in 2010 for spaces in a Brentwood parking garage.