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A fare hike proposal is on the agenda today (Tuesday) as Metro Transit officials invite public opinion regarding fare increases.
Metro says it needs the boost to cover increased costs including the jump in diesel fuel prices.
 
Three different options are being considered. The basic Metrolink cash fare would increase by a quarter in two of the three proposals. The fare for Metro buses does not increase in any of the plans.
 
Transit officials say the fare increases are needed to meet Metro’s goal of a five-percent increase in passenger revenue for 2015. Each option would generate $2.25-million dollars annually. Fares are set to increase this summer.
 
The first public meeting will be on the second floor at St. Louis City Hall today (Tuesday) between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m..
The second will be at the East St. Louis City Hall Wednesday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and the third will be in Clayton on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.  You can find more information at MetroStLouis.org.
 
Published in Local News
Friday, 03 January 2014 02:02

Refurbished "accordion" buses coming to STL

   Articulated buses, with two segments linked by an accordion-like connection, will roll in St. Louis this year.

   Metro Transit will deploy the refurbished, 60 foot buses this year to address chronic overcrowding on the Grand line. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that reports that even with the buses running down Grand every 10 minutes, there isn't enough room to pick up all of the would-be passengers. The articulated buses have 14 more seats than the standard 40 foot buses.  

   More than $5 million in federal grants helped Metro buy 15 of the used buses.

   The first of them will be on the streets by March, with the rest running by midyear.

 

Published in Local News
Friday, 18 October 2013 10:10

Metro Transit gears up for NLCS Game 6

Fans interested in avoiding the traffic jams before and after the National League Championship Series Game 6 tonight (and Game 7 if necessary tomorrow) are encouraged to take public transit.

Metro will have additional staffing to monitor MetroLink platforms and assist crowds and will provide extra service before and after the game.

Free Park-Ride lots are located next to many of the MetroLink stations in Illinois and Missouri making it convenient to take MetroLink to the Stadium Station or to another nearby station in downtown.

Fans who want to know which MetroLink Park-Ride lot is the closest to their home or work can check out www.metrostlouis.org to use the Trip Planner feature. 

 

Published in Local News

Keep your pennies in your pocket!  That is the message from Metro Transit.

Beginning Monday pennies will no longer be accepted as payment on its MetroBus vehicles. Several months ago, the agency began phasing out rarely used 50-cent coins and $2 bills.

New fareboxes will still accept $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills, along with nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar coins. As with the old equipment, the new fareboxes will require exact change or a valid Metro pass or ticket.

The new machines provide more detailed passenger boarding information which will allow Metro to plan routes to better meet customer needs.

In the future, the new system will also allow customers to use faster and more convenient smart card technology payment methods.

 

Published in Local News

   Regional planners are looking for a more efficient way to get riders to work and back.  

   The St. Louis Rapid Transit Connector Study is an examination of bus-based rapid transit services in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County. The project will analyze four possible corridors and pick the two most likely to meet the study's goals, then advance for federal funding.  

   The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Metro Transit, the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council and the Missouri Department of Transportation are behind the push.  

   Public meetings will be held in September 2013 to gather public input on two final, recommended projects to be advanced into competition for Federal funding.  The same meeting will be repeated at three locations along the proposed routes.

 

September 10, 2013

11a-1pm, open house with presentation at noon

City of St. Louis City Hall, 2nd floor

1200 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

 

September 11, 2013

5:30-7:30 p.m., open house with presentation at 6:30 p.m.

The Heights (City of Richmond Heights Community Center) 

8001 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights, MO 63117

 

September 12, 2013

5:30-7:30 p.m., open house with presentation at 6:30 p.m.

St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley Campus, Student Services Center, Multipurpose Room 

3400 Pershall Road, Ferguson, MO 63135

 

   They're also soliciting comments online.  

   Kansas City and other U.S. cities have launched successful bus rapid transit lines that provide more regular point-to-point service at a fraction of the cost of light-rail or commuter trains.

Published in Around Town

   Metro Transit officials and union leaders will resume contract negotiations early next month.  

   Bi-State Development Agency President & CEO John Nations officials with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 have assured him there will be no work stoppages before both sides sit down and talk the week of September 9th.  The union represents MetroBus and MetroLink operators as well mechanics and some clerical staff.  

   Nations says a work stoppage would be unfair to the nearly one million passengers a week who ride MetroLink and Metro buses.

Published in Local News

   It appears union workers and Metro Transit still have a long way to go before agreeing on new contracts.  Union members from the St. Louis area cast a symbolic vote Tuesday.  

   Labor leaders says workers voted in favor of a mediator's recommendations related to pensions and pay but rejected recommendations related to health insurance.  

   John Nations, Metro president and CEO says the transit agency doesn't have the money to meet workers demands.  He's urging the two sides to sit down and negotiate.

   Union officials say they don't expect a strike this month, but say if transit officials don't negotiate in good faith, a work stoppage could come next month.

Published in Local News

   Transit workers in St. Louis appear poised to walk off the job as members of Local 788 of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union continue a strike authorization vote Tuesday.  The union represents public transportation workers and any job action could effect Metrobus and Metrolink service.

   Nearly 600 of the 1,500 members cast ballots on Monday. Bus drivers, mechanics, Metrolink operators and clerical staff have all been working without a contract for two and a half years.

   Local 788 President Mike Breihan says he hopes it doesn't come down to a work stoppage.  "You know we really don't want to hurt the public," Breihan said.  "The people out here that ride the bus, they're like our family. And you know we don't want to hurt any of them, but we're going to have to do whatever we can do to protect our own."

   "This vote was just strictly to show that we are united and we're ready to move forward if we have to, to do whatever we need to do to get a contract," Breihan said. "You know we're not trying to rob the bank. All we're trying to do is make a decent living for our members and our families."       

   Breihan says no action will be taken until after a mediator, who is reviewing information submitted by both the Union and Metro, issues an opinion at the end of the month.

 

 

Published in Around Town

   Transit workers in St. Louis appear poised to walk off the job as members of Local 788 of the Amalgamated Transit Workers Union continue a strike authorization vote Tuesday.  The union represents public transportation workers and any job action could effect Metrobus and Metrolink service.

   Nearly 600 of the 1,500 members cast ballots on Monday. Bus drivers, mechanics, Metrolink operators and clerical staff have all been working without a contract for two and a half years.

   Local 788 President Mike Breihan says he hopes it doesn't come down to a work stoppage.  "You know we really don't want to hurt the public," Breihan said.  "The people out here that ride the bus, they're like our family. And you know we don't want to hurt any of them, but we're going to have to do whatever we can do to protect our own."

   "This vote was just strictly to show that we are united and we're ready to move forward if we have to, to do whatever we need to do to get a contract," Breihan said. "You know we're not trying to rob the bank. All we're trying to do is make a decent living for our members and our families."       

   Breihan says no action will be taken until after a mediator, who is reviewing information submitted by both the Union and Metro, issues an opinion at the end of the month.

 

 

Published in Local News

     Metro will be giving some passengers free rides under a federal class action settlement agreement.  The transit agency was sued over MetroLink credit and debit card receipts that violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act.  

     Under the law, merchants can print up to the last five digits of a customer's credit or debit card number or the card's expiration date on their receipt, but not both.  Between January 2010 and August 2011, Metro had been printing both.  

     The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that people who used credit or debit cards to buy tickets during the 20 month period can make claims by July 3 for free ride passes or tickets.  Those who still have their receipts could get $30 cash instead.

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