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6:06 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Metro, Transit Union Head Back To Negotiating Table

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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

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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

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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

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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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Metro Transit
10:11 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Metro Settles Privacy Lawsuit

Credit Metro Transit - St. Louis

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.
 

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Transportation
2:23 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Several MetroBus Routes To See Small Changes On Monday

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If you’re hopping on a bus Monday morning you might notice some small changes in your route.

Updates to more than 20 MetroBus routes are going into place on Monday morning.

Metro Spokeswoman Dianne Williams says the alterations are meant to improve services for riders and help buses stay on-time.  

“Metro consistently monitors traffic patterns, new businesses coming, old businesses leaving, and all of that impacts how we plan services for this community,” Williams says

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Metro Transit
2:06 pm
Sun October 7, 2012

Metro Track Work Continues This Week

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Some MetroLink riders can expect delays this week as upgrades are made to parts of the track in both Missouri and Illinois.

The track work  starts tonight and will continue all week. 

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Metro Transit
6:17 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Metro Starts Rolling Out New Fare Boxes Today

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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.

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Grand Ave. Bridge
1:25 pm
Sat August 25, 2012

Officials celebrate opening of refurbished Grand Ave. Bridge

Officials prepare to cut the ribbon on the refurbished Grand Ave. Bridge.
Tim Lloyd St. Louis Public Radio

Members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra serenaded officials and more than 40 onlookers as the ribbon was cut on the refurbished Grand Ave. Bridge.

Dignitaries said the bridge will be a critical link in the heart of the city, connecting cultural institutions at Grand Center with St. Louis University and Harris Stowe State University.   

Alderwoman Marlene Davis expects the $22 million bridge project and the adjoining $7 million Metro Scott Ave. Transit Project to yield an economic boost.

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Metro Transit
2:04 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Metro reopens stops at the Grand Ave. Bridge

Metro will reopen its bus and MetroLink stops at the Grand Ave. Bridge tomorrow morning.

While crews were renovating the Grand Ave. Bridge, Metro was sprucing up its bus and train stops.

Upgrades include new seating at the bus stop along with redone elevators and stairs to the MetroLink station below the bridge.

Metro spokeswoman Patti Beck said the stop is a key part of Metro’s busiest route.

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