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March 23, 2018

Metro Hosts Informational Meetings, Public Hearings About New Transit Plan

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CORRECTIONAn earlier version of this blog story stated the incorrect location of the public hearing on Thursday, April 19. The public hearing will take place at The Heights Community Center (8001 Dale Avenue) on Thursday, April 19 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Metro Transit is asking for your input about a preliminary plan that will change public transit in the St. Louis region.

Learn more: Find out about the new plan, including detailed maps

The new strategy will update service options and incorporate innovative transit concepts that will offer Metro riders faster, more frequent service. Metro will host six informational meetings and two public hearings in April to share the proposed plan with transit riders, stakeholders and the public to gather feedback on the service options being considered.

The public is invited to attend the informational meetings to learn more about the proposed plan, speak with a transit planner, ask questions and share their feedback.

Pop-Up Events

 Civic Center Transit Center
Monday, March 26 | 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

 Riverview Transit Center
Wednesday, March 28 | 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 Transit Center
Wednesday, March 28 | 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Informational Meetings

 North Hanley Transit Center
Tuesday, April 3 | 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 Ballas Transit Center
Wednesday, April 4 | 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 North County Transit Center
Thursday, April 5 | 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m..

 Thomas Dunn Learning Center
Tuesday, April 10 | 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 Affton White-Rodgers Community Center
Wednesday, April 11 | 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 St. Louis Public Library, Central Library
Tuesday, April 17 | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Public Hearings

 St. Louis City Municipal Court Building 
Wednesday, April 18 | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Heights Community Center
Thursday, April 19 | 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Metro launched Metro Reimagined, a comprehensive analysis of the MetroBus system, in July 2017 to ensure that Metro is positioned to meet the evolving transportation needs of the St. Louis region, today and in the future. Combined with input from transit users and the public, the information collected through the Metro Reimagined study has allowed Metro planners to identify enhancements to the transit system and develop a new service plan that will improve the customer experience, increase access to destinations throughout the area and address the future mobility needs of the region.

Your input: Let us know what you think about this new proposed service plan. Complete our Online Survey.


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14 thoughts on “Metro Hosts Informational Meetings, Public Hearings About New Transit Plan”

  1. John Petterchak says:

    Wow, this plan doesn’t work for me at all. The two routes I use are the 17 and 110, and they are both eliminated. The closest routes to me now are the rerouted 46 (on Gravois), and the 21 (on Watson). This plan would end my use of Metro after 12 years of daily service.

    Interesting that one of the info sessions is at White Rodgers. Did they not notice that there will no longer be service along Mackenzie?

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      John, thank you for providing your feedback to us. This is a draft plan, so it’s important that riders like yourself provide us as much feedback as possible. I’ll go ahead and send your comment to our planning department. If you’d like to share more specifics about your commute, reach out to us — [email protected] or call us 314-982-1480.

      1. John Petterchak says:

        Thanks, Matthew! I will follow up with them.

  2. Patrick Richmond says:

    I like the idea of having the Lindbergh going back to what it used to do before the Ballas Transit Center was built but I was shocked that the 56 is proposed to be cut back to Rock Hill Loop coming from the Shrewsbury MetroLink station.

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Thanks for your feedback Patrick!

  3. Shannon Villa says:

    Can the Planning Team produce a route by route slide showing old route/service vs new route/service?

    It is hard to see on Google maps the contrast route by route.

    Also, I assume this is just a re-shift of resoruces (buses, employees, money) since I see there are quite a few route cuts and shortened routes in the plan, some of which I think will get some backlash.
    Example the 70 Grand no longer going to the Broadway TC and the 35 ending before I-270.

    Clever, I noticed you all no longer have the branded downtown trolley buses running with the special paint job because there is a master plan to eliminate it.

    I suggest as Ive said before some of the efficiencies can come from reducing travel time on routes as many times there is excess trip time to all routes.

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:


      Thank you for reviewing the draft service plan and for sharing your thoughts. I’ll send this over to our planning department for further review. I’m not sure if they have slides available that satisfy your request, but I can ask. The best way to gather specifics would be to reach out to us — via email at [email protected] or call us 314-982-1480.

      As for the #99 Downtown Trolley, the draft proposal does have this route being served by other means of mobility. What that may be is still being determined. Remember, this is still a rough draft — things can change. As to why the Downtown Trolley buses don’t have a wrap at this current time, that’s a different matter. This spring the buses with the #99 Downtown Trolley wrap were unwrapped so that they could be re-assigned to other routes to create more even utilization of these buses across the transit system. These buses were operating a much different duty cycle (fewer miles, fewer hours) than other buses on our system which operate very heavy duty cycles.

  4. Any particular reason as why at least a skeleton 24-hour service isn’t being considered? Having trunk routes that run around the clock would be beneficial in conjunction with a 24-hour MetroLink service. We have to be one of the larger cities in the country that hasn’t even considered the possibility.

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Kareem, 24-hour bus service may have been considered, but ultimately the demand just isn’t large enough to justify overnight bus service. The time Metro Transit does not operate service — about three hours or so — is critical for vehicle maintenance to keep on top of its fleet (with larger-scale repairs beyond the routine cleaning and servicing that occurs throughout the day). This same reasoning applies to MetroLink operations as well.

  5. Brandon Johnson says:

    To alter the 46 tesson ferry route, by no longer operating at the metrolink is irresponsible. There are several hospital employees that use this route as their way to work. Also I personally use this as a way to get to my job. I have witnessed several people w/a disability get on and off this bus at the metro station and no you want to basically put them off in the middle of the street….I am very unsatisfied with the change

    1. Matthew Hibbard says:

      Brandon, we are reconsidering the routing on the #46 to have it connect to the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 MetroLink Station as it does now.

  6. Tracy McPherson says:

    Eliminating the Frost routes on the #38 and #39 are going to prove a hardship.
    When will this new routing system go into effect?

    1. Jerry says:

      The Metro Reimagined plan is still in draft form, and we are using customer feedback to help finalize the plan. Changes to MetroBus routes are scheduled to go into effect later this fall.

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