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June 25, 2010

Metro Kicks Off Service Restoration and New Era in Public Transit with Event on June 28

What:

Metro launches the first phase of service restoration on June 28 with changes to MetroLink and MetroBus frequency and routes, marking the beginning of a new era of public-transit rebuilding, expansion and innovation. Public officials, Metro’s leadership and other Metro employee volunteers will welcome passengers back on the first day of service restoration and will pass out specially wrapped cookies at MetroLink and MetroBus stations and transfer centers throughout the system.

Where:

North Hanley MetroLink Station and MetroBus Transfer Center, located at North Hanley Road and University Drive (formerly Geiger Avenue).

Who:

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Chesterfield Mayor John Nations will join Metro executives and other Metro volunteers to welcome customers to Day 1 of a new era in improved transit service for the region, and will thank them for their support of transit at the North Hanley MetroLink Station.

County Executive Dooley, Mayor Nations, Metro Chief of Operations Ray Friem and others will be available for interviews from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

When:

Monday, June 28, 2010
Morning rush hour (6:00 a.m. to approximately 8:30 a.m.)

Significance:

Metro launches the first phase of restoring service that was cut last year. Frequency of
rush-hour MetroLink service will increase by 25 percent and service will be restored to 20 bus routes in St. Louis County and St. Louis City. Some bus routes will be expanded, redesigned or restructured to better serve transit needs.

Revenue from the Proposition A sales tax approved in April will finance service restoration and future expansion. Approximately 120 new bus operators, mechanics and front-line supervisors will be hired by the end of the year to provide the restored service.

A complete list of Phase 1 or service restoration will be available June 28 at the North Hanley MetroLink Station. The second phase of service restoration is expected to begin August 30.

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