Metro Transit riders have another convenient and affordable option to purchase fresh fruit, vegetables and other grocery items during their commutes. Metro Transit and the Bi-State Development Research Institute have partnered with St. Louis MetroMarket to bring the mobile farmers market to the Rock Road Transit Center (6906 St. Charles Rock Road). During this ten-week program, the St. Louis MetroMarket will be open for business at the Rock Road Transit Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Thursday from June 7 to August 9.
Created from a retired and donated MetroBus, St. Louis MetroMarket launched in 2015 to help restore access to healthy, affordable food in areas of the St. Louis region identified as food deserts, where residents do not have easy access to fresh, healthy food options.
“There are areas of our region, particularly in North St. Louis County, where residents have a difficult time trying to reach grocery stores or other resources where they can get fresh produce and nutritious food for their families,” said John Wagner, Director of the Bi-State Development Research Institute. “This new partnership with St. Louis MetroMarket, in combination with the Link Markets operating at the North Hanley and Wellston Transit Centers, are helping the region address issues like food insecurity by providing easy and affordable options to access fresh, healthy food for the thousands of people who use or live near the Metro transit system.”
Last year, the Link Market food kiosk program was launched as a partnership between Metro Transit, the Bi-State Development Research Institute and the Missouri Foundation for Health, which is funding the program through a grant. The Link Market offers affordably priced produce and other healthy household staples to transit riders and residents living near the North Hanley and Wellston Transit Centers. The Link Market fresh food kiosks are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.