A New Vision of Public Transit in the St. Louis Region

Project Update: Metro Transit is revising the draft plan that was first introduced this spring, and we will share a revised vision later this fall. No major changes will occur to the MetroBus system until next year at the earliest.

The St. Louis region is constantly evolving. So are its transit needs. Last year, we launched Metro Reimagined to ensure the Metro Transit system is positioned to meet those changing needs — today and in the future.

Using customer feedback and data collected through the Metro Reimagined study, we have developed a draft of a new transit service plan for the St. Louis region. It is designed around people, and all of its operations, schedules, routes and services were developed to meet our riders’ needs.

This proposed plan includes:

 More frequent MetroBus service, with high-volume routes having 15-minute or better service throughout the day and most other routes with 30-minute service
 A simpler, easier-to-understand network with MetroBus service designed to provide riders with faster, more direct trips
New technology, including a text-messaging service customers can use to directly contact Metro Public Safety or Metro Transit Information, an email/text subscription service so riders can instantly receive Rider Alerts and other transit news, and a new mobile ticketing option
New community mobility options, including shuttles and on-demand services

The New Plan

High frequency, limited-stop light rail service operating along an exclusive right-of-way.

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6 to 12-minute peak frequency

All day service 4:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.

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Wide stop spacing.

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Light rail

Service along major mixed-use corridors with transfer points to other routes

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15 minutes or better service

All day span 4 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Frequent service 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
or 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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1/4 to 1/3 stop spacing

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Standard bus

Bus service providing circulation within neighborhoods and connecting them with the frequent transit network.

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30 to 60-minute frequency on uniform clockface intervals

All day span 4 a.m. to 12 a.m.
30-minute frequency between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. on most routes.

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1/4 mile stop spacing

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Standard bus

Regional service connecting Park & Rides to key commuter destinations.

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30 minutes or better all day service or 5 to 6 trips over peak periods

All day or peak only service

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Wide stop spacing

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Express bus

Fixed-route, regional partnerships, vanpools, shuttles, etc.

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30 minutes or better all day service or on-demand service available all day.

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1/4 mile stop spacing or

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Point to point
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Small bus or mobility on demand

The map below encompasses the draft plan proposed in March. A revised version of this map will be shared in the fall. Use the key below to learn more about the proposed transit plan and the new service options being considered.

Enhanced Frequent: MetroBus routes with 15-minute or better service from morning to evening hours
► Local: 30-minute service from morning to evening hours on most MetroBus routes
► Commute Express: Regional service connecting Park & Ride lots to key employment destinations
► Community Mobility Zones: Service areas using smaller vehicles, vanpools or shuttles, or mobility on-demand options

Share Your Feedback

Let us know what you think about this new proposed service plan.

 Complete our Online Survey

View this presentation for more information about the Metro Reimagined study and the service planning process:


In July 2017, we launched Metro Reimagined — a full-scale, comprehensive analysis of the MetroBus system. It’s a proactive look at the mobility needs of the region, which is helping us improve the customer experience and increase access to destinations throughout the area.

The focus is on our customers. Metro Reimagined not only looks at where people travel in the region, but why they travel and how they want to get there. The study also evaluates the potential of new technology and innovative transit concept, from new vehicles to new service options.

Our goal is to ensure that Metro remain a valuable transportation resource and a driver of economic growth and development for the region.


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