transportation

Public Transportation
4:44 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

More riders take the Metro

Bus service sees greatest gains.
Metro Transit - St. Louis

Warmer weather, a sunnier economy, and higher gas prices are driving more riders to public transportation in St. Louis. Overall Metro ridership was up 8 percent in the last half of 2011 compared to the previous year. 

Dianne Williams is Metro's director of communications.

"Twenty-three million times someone stepped on a metro bus, a metro train, or a metro caller ride. That's up about 2 million boardings from the same period last year," Williams said.

Farmers markets
3:28 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Metro Transit Centers to house farmers' markets

Starting March 18, fresh fruit and vegetables will be available at four Metro transit centers, including the Delmar MetroLink station, pictured here.
(via Flickr/Matthew Black)

Starting next month, passengers who ride MetroLink or Metro buses will be be able to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables at certain transit centers.

The mass transit agency is partnering with the Sappington Farmers Market community program, Mobile Market, to sell locally-grown farm foods in areas where nearby residents have little or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

The stops are:

I-70 toll road
3:39 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Nixon: voters should decide on tolls along I-70

Gov. Jay Nixon says voters should decide whether to make I-70 a toll road in Missouri.
(Manu Bhandar/KOMU)

Gov. Jay Nixon says voters should decide whether to install tolls along Interstate 70, though he would not say if he supports the idea.

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Illinois Transportation
1:25 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

LaHood to announce $44M for Illinois road, rail

(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

More than $44 million in federal transportation money is headed to Illinois for two projects in the Chicago area and one in Alton in southern Illinois.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is to announce the funding Thursday at a Chicago "L" station with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It's part of more than a half-billion dollars in federal transportation funding for 46 projects in 33 states.

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Claire McCaskill
3:28 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

McCaskill proposes bill designed to boost jobs

Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. (at right) and Susan Collins, R-Maine announce their legislation to cut payroll taxes, boost transportation funding and restrict regulation.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Two U.S. senators are proposing legislation to cut payroll taxes, boost transportation funding and restrict regulation.

Missouri Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill and Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, on Tuesday announced their proposed legislation.

The federal lawmakers say the legislation will boost jobs. They also called it an example of what bipartisanship can produce.

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Claire McCaskill / Afghanistan
2:03 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

McCaskill: Move funds from Afghanistan to US roads

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. in July 2011.
(via Flickr/Senator McCaskill)

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. has proposed shifting money from development in Afghanistan to roads and bridges in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Defense pays for projects through the Commanders' Emergency Response Program and the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund.

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Senator Roy Blunt
1:07 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Blunt speaks out against Obama's transportation measure

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., takes to the Senate floor today to speak against President Barack Obama's $50 million transportation measure.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt took to the Senate floor today to speak out against President Barack Obama’s proposed transportation measure.

Obama has been pressing Congress to pass the transportation part of his stalled jobs bill that provides $50 million for roads and bridges.

The Senate is expected to vote today on whether to take up the measure. Blunt says the bill is a waste of time and will not pass.

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Funding flexibility
3:48 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

More flexibility recommended for transit money

A bill proposed by Rep. Russ Carnahan would give mass transit agencies like Metro the ability to spend federal dollars to operate buses and trains.
(via Flickr/lordsutch)

A Democratic Congressman from Missouri has proposed giving transit agencies across the country more flexibility in how they spend federal transit dollars.

Rep. Russ Carnahan says despite millions of dollars from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (better known as the stimulus bill), more than 85 percent of transit systems across the country had to cut service, raise fares, or both - even as more and more people came to rely on transit.

That, Carnahan says, is because the federal money has to go toward capital purchases like new buses.

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MoDOT
11:20 am
Wed May 4, 2011

MoDOT to eliminate 1,200 jobs, close 135 facilities

Snow plows stand at the ready for the Missouri Department of Transportation. MoDOT announced a new plan today that includes reductions in employees, facilities and equipment.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Calling it a "matter of survival" for his agency, Missouri Department of Transportation director Kevin Keith unveiled a five-year restructuring plan this morning that will eliminate 1,200 jobs, close 135 facilities, and sell more than 740 pieces of equipment.

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Other News
2:59 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Bike commuters have a new home in downtown St. Louis

Bike racks at downtown commuter station
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

The City of St. Louis has taken steps to become friendlier for bike commuters.

The new downtown St. Louis Bike Station opens on Thursday.  The project was funded through a $180,000 grant from the Department of Energy.

The project is currently administered through the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis but will eventually be handed off to Trailnet.

Maggie Campbell is the President of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis.  She says the site will offer a full range of services for bike commuters.

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