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June 5, 2014

60-Foot MetroBus Vehicles Coming to #70 Grand Line

For the first time in more than 20 years, a new kind of Metro public transit vehicle will be put into service in St. Louis. Beginning Monday, June 9, 60-foot articulated buses that pivot or bend in the middle will serve the #70 Grand Line, which is the region’s busiest bus route. These rebuilt buses are the most cost effective way to ease overcrowding by adding more passenger capacity.

When:  Friday, June 6 at 10 a.m. 
Who: John Nations, President & CEO, Bi-State Development Agency
Mokhtee Ahmad, Region 7 Administrator, Federal Transit Administration
David Dietzel, Chairman, Bi-State Development Agency Board of Commissioners
Francis Slay, City of St. Louis Mayor
Charlie Dooley, St. Louis County Executive

What: A news conference to focus on 60-foot MetroBus vehicles going into service on Metro’s highest ridership MetroBus route.  Two articulated buses will be on display and open for tours. Thousands of area residents take the #70 Grand Line to get to work and school every day, while others use it to connect to medical appointments, entertainment, dining and shopping venues. 

Where: Grand MetroLink Station

3560 Scott Avenue, St. Louis, MO

Transit options: Take MetroLink or the #70 Grand MetroBus route to the Grand MetroLink Station. Driving directions: From the west: Take eastbound I-64 and exit at 37A Bernard Street heading toward Market Street. Turn right onto South Theresa Avenue. Turn right onto Scott Avenue. The MetroLink Park-Ride lot is on your left.

From the east: Take westbound I-64 and exit at 38B Market Street heading toward 3000 W. Turn left onto Market Street. Turn left onto South Compton Avenue. Take the first right onto Spruce Street. Take a slight left onto South Teresa Avenue. Turn right onto Scott Avenue. The MetroLink Park-Ride lot is on your left.

The Bi-State Development Agency/Metro (BSDA/Metro) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 375 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSDA/Metro also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center, the Gateway Arch Transportation System, and the Gateway Arch Parking Facility.

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