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June 8, 2012

More Trips Added to MetroBus Service

Dianne Williams
Director of Communications
314-982-1440

Metro Transit in St. Louis continues to see ridership grow, especially among MetroBus customers. Metro Transit led the nation in the first quarter of 2012 with the largest increase in bus ridership among transit agencies, at 15.6 percent for January, February and March. To address the increased number of MetroBus boardings, Metro Transit is increasing the frequency of service and adding trips to routes experiencing heavier demand. The service changes go into effect on Monday, June 11. A summary of the changes is below.

“We are using more technology and diligently working with MetroBus operators to ensure that our on-time performance for MetroBus exceeds 90 percent,” said Jessica Mefford-Miller, Metro Chief of Planning and System Development.

Among the routes receiving additional service is the Downtown Trolley. The #99 Downtown Trolley will begin Sunday service starting June 17. The Trolley will run on Sundays from 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. with 16-minute service.

In addition to the added trips and more frequent service on some MetroBus routes, The Muny Trolley will operate from June 18 through August 12 for another season in Forest Park, as part of a partnership between Metro and The Muny Theatre. The 3X Muny Trolley will transport Muny customers every 20 minutes between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station and the Muny Theatre from 7:22 p.m. each night until after the shows.

SUMMARY OF SERVICE CHANGES

#1 Gold – This route will no longer serve the Clayton Transit Center, and due to construction, the route will temporarily not go to Mallinckrodt Center. The new route will be a one way loop via Forsyth, Hanley, and Wydown. Adjustments are being made to weekday, Saturday and Sunday service.

#16 City Limits – The first two buses now beginning service at the Riverview Transit Center on weekdays will start in service northbound at the Delmar Loop MetroLink Station.

#18 Taylor – The first southbound trip on weekdays will be shifted to operate 5 minutes earlier to connect with the westbound MetroLink Blue Line leaving the Central West End at 4:48 a.m.

#21 Watson Road – Rescheduled on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays, to provide closer connections with the #11 Chippewa and the Shrewsbury MetroLink Station.

#32 ML King-Chouteau: – Rescheduled on weekdays, with running time adjustments only.

#35 Rock Road – Rescheduled on weekdays, with running time adjustments and improved 30-minute service during the evening rush hour starting at 2 p.m.

#36 Spanish Lake – Rescheduled on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with running time adjustments and service improved to 40 minutes during the day on weekdays.

#40 Broadway – Rescheduled on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with running time adjustments in both directions between Catalan Loop and Grand & Meramec.

#42 Sarah – The first southbound trip on weekdays will be moved to operate 5 minutes earlier to connect with the westbound MetroLink Blue Line leaving the Central West End MetroLink Station at 4:48 a.m.

#44 Hazelwood – Rescheduled on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with time adjustments to minimize layover time at Florissant Valley Community College due to fire lane blockage issues.

#45 Ferguson-Florissant – Rescheduled on weekdays and Saturdays, with time adjustments to minimize layover time at Florissant Valley Community College due to fire lane blockage issues.

#56 Kirkwood-Webster – Rescheduled on weekdays and Saturdays to provide closer connections with #11 and the Shrewsbury MetroLink Station.

#57 Maplewood–Wildwood – Rescheduled on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays, to provide closer connections with the Maplewood MetroLink Station.

#61 Chambers – Rescheduled on weekdays, with running time adjustments and improved 24-minute service during evening rush hour and improved 40-minute service from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., to accommodate passenger demand and better connect to North Hanley MetroLink Station.

#74 Florissant – Rescheduled on weekdays and Saturdays, with time adjustments to minimize layover time at Florissant Valley Community College due to fire lane blockage issues.

#75 Lilac-Hanley – Rescheduled on weekdays and Saturdays, with running time adjustments only.

#90 Hampton – Rescheduled on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with running time adjustments and 24-minute service during morning and evening rush hours weekdays to better connect with MetroLink.

#94 Page – Rescheduled on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with running time adjustments and improved 24-minute service during morning and evening rush hours as well as 40-minute service during midday off-peak. All trips will now serve the Jewish Community Center (JCC) via Schuetz Road.

#97 Delmar – Rescheduled on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays with running time adjustments only.

#99 Downtown Trolley – Rescheduled on weekdays and Saturdays, with Sunday service added.

#36X Bissell Hills Express – Rescheduled on weekdays, with running time adjustments only.

#40X I-55 Express – Rescheduled on weekdays, with one afternoon trip added and 20-minute service from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

#57X Clayton Road – Rescheduled on weekdays, with running time adjustments only.

#174X Halls Ferry Express – Rescheduled on weekdays, with running time adjustments only.

#410X Eureka Express – Rescheduled on weekdays, with one afternoon trip added at 3:05 p.m.

Service change updates on MetroBus operations can be found at www.metrostlouis.org in the Service Changes section. Customer Service representatives are available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345. You may plan your trip aboard Metro by using Metro’s trip planning tool at www.metrostlouis.org or Google Transit.

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