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September 21, 2016 | 3 Comments

Passenger Profile: Jenny

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Passengers like Jenny depend on Metro transit to get to work, school and other important destinations. We hope you enjoy her story, and we’re interested in your transit story too. Email mrhibbard@metrostlouis.org, and we may share your story in a future “Passenger Profile.”

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Hobbies are a great way to enjoy your free time while riding MetroBus or MetroLink. Unlike reading or crossword puzzles, Jenny’s hobby requires her to be a little more nimble – especially on a moving train.

For her commute to work, Jenny boards MetroLink at either the Fairview Heights or Belleville MetroLink Stations and rides the train to the 8th & Pine MetroLink Station in downtown St. Louis.

While she rides, her attention turns to one of her favorite ways to pass the time: sewing. You can often find her on MetroLink working on one of her sewing projects, like putting the final touches on a vintage dress or jacket.

Jenny started riding Metro about nine years ago and it was the morning gridlock that got her to try transit, specifically the daily bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Poplar Street Bridge. In addition to avoiding the stress of morning traffic jams, as an added bonus, Jenny’s employer subsidizes her transit pass.

“It’s convenient, affordable and reliable,” she said.

While Jenny uses MetroLink primarily to get to and from work each day, she rides MetroLink for fun too, like visiting the Gateway Arch with her son or attending downtown events. She also relied on MetroLink to get her to Barnes-Jewish Hospital to see her father when he was ill.

“I think it’s always good to have transportation options,” she said. “It makes the region much more attractive and stronger as a whole.”

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3 thoughts on “Passenger Profile: Jenny”

  1. Mia DeVries says:

    That is such a great story. I have seen women on the train crocheting and knitting. Taking transit is already relaxing, but any type of stitching is such a stress reliever.

    Thank you for this story.

  2. Patrick Richmond says:

    Now for a little bit of history. I started riding transit during the 1980s. Actually the fall of 1979 was when i really stated. And back then, the basic fare for able bodied adults was 25 cents and passengers paid an additional 10 cents for a transfer. Kids, senior citizens, and the handicapped rode for 10 cents during non-rush hour and they paid 15 cents during rush hour periods. The kids, senior citizens, and the handicapped got free transfers. This was back in the days before wheelchair lifts were required to be installed on transit. All the buses were powered by Detroit Diesel engines. I think that when MetroLink began service in 1993, ridership really went up. There are some who work out there that are tired of driving and state that they want MetroLink. I think that it is time that we ignore the troublemakers on the St. Louis Post Dispatch and go ahead and extend transit like mad. Ge the bus service running like it used to do in the 1970s and 1980s. In the early 1960s, we missed the opportunity to lay track down the middle of 40 just like CTA does in Chicago. Taking transit means no more driving around in circles trying to find a place to park at Chesterfield Mall.

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