An 18-month pilot program that offered transit riders and nearby residents convenient access to fixed-location fresh food kiosks at two Metro Transit Centers in North St. Louis County is coming an end. The test program was the result of a partnership between Bi-State Development and the Missouri Foundation for Health to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of fixed-location food kiosks to address food deserts in the St. Louis region.
As part of the pilot demonstration, two Link Market food kiosk structures opened at the North Hanley and Wellston Transit Centers in fall 2017 and will be closing in June. The test period demonstrated that the fixed-location food kiosk model did not have long-term sustainability without additional grants or another viable funding source.
“We want to thank our partners at the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Link Market for their hard work and support of this innovative pilot program,” said Taulby Roach, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bi-State Development.
About Metro Transit
Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s public transportation system which includes 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 83 MetroBus routes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Metro also operates MetroLink light rail vehicles on 46 miles of track serving 37 stations in the two-state area, and operates Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro Transit is one of five enterprises operated by Bi-State Development.