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Tuesday, 08 April 2014 03:27

Metro Bus "blue flu" not union action

   The union representing Metro Bus drivers says Monday's absenteeism wasn't an organized sickout.

   Nearly 100 bus drivers didn't report to work yesterday -- ten-times the number who might miss on an ordinary day.  But yesterday wasn't ordinary in St. Louis.  It was Opening Day at Busch Stadium.  There has been speculation that the drivers, disgruntled over the lack of progress in contract negotiations, may have been trying to disrupt traffic heading downtown for the Cardinals' home opener.  

   If that was their aim, it wasn't very effective.  Metro Transit CEO John Nations says there were significant delays on Missouri bus lines yesterday, but MetroLink and Illinois bus lines weren't affected.  Since most public transit rider heading for Busch Stadium use MetroLink, they saw few delays.

   Nations says the transit agency called in extra drivers in an effort to keep the buses rolling.  But many commuters still saw significant delays.  On some lines, buses were running an hour or more behind.

   The transit agency and the Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents the bus drivers have been locked in contract talks for months.  A spokesman for Local 788 tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that drivers weren't encouraged by the union to call in sick, but may have acted in frustration over the slow pace of contract talks.

 

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

   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.

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