On Tuesday, April 6 St. Louis County voters passed Proposition A, a half-cent sales increase to fund the restoration and expansion of public transit in the region. The dedicated funding from this sales tax will provide a likely $75-80 million a year for public transit. In addition, a 1/4-cent sales tax passed by St. Louis City in 1997 will go into effect, bringing in an estimated $8 million.
So what’s next? Currently, the planning department is putting together a schedule for service restoration. As soon as a schedule and details are available, we’ll post a full review of what to expect in the next four months. Some service will have increased frequency; some corridors will have a whole new route. Right now, new operators and mechanics must be hired and trained to run the buses, vans and trains. Starting tomorrow, the green bags on bus stop signs announcing that service has been “Temporarily Restored” will be removed.
Next week our Customer Focus Committee meets, and we’ve got a lot to talk about. We’ve received a lot of comments online about bus signage and route information (how to provide more of it), and I plan to bring your comments and suggestions. Thanks to everyone for giving us feedback.
Our work is just beginning.