Metro Transit Seeks Public Input for Network Changes

 Metro Transit will hold informational meetings at transit locations to gather final input for Metro Reimagined plan.  Metro Transit is asking its riders and the public for final feedback on the nearly completed draft of the Metro Reimagined plan, which will impact MetroBus routes in the City of St. Louis and in St. Louis County.

Over the past 18 months, Metro Transit received input from the public, its riders, community groups and elected officials and incorporated that feedback into the new MetroBus network plan.  The changes will be made utilizing the existing funding allocations.

Metro Reimagined network plan highlights include:

  • 13 high-frequency MetroBus routes would provide service every 15 minutes or better during the day
    • Currently only one route operates every 15 minutes or faster
    • Currently only three routes operate 20 minutes or faster
  • 39 routes would provide service every 30 minutes
    • Many routes currently provide 40-minute or 60-minute service
  • Routes designed to be more direct, providing riders with faster trips by eliminating deviations along some routes
  • New service added in response to customer feedback
  • Introducing Wi-Fi, mobile ticketing and other new technology to improve the transit experience
  • New innovative transportation options for areas where a 40-foot bus may not be the best option

“Since we began this process, we actively sought rider feedback on the evolving network plan for the St. Louis region, and we got that feedback in the form of approximately 2,200 public comments,” said Jessica Mefford-Miller, Metro Transit Executive Director.

As part of Metro Reimagined, some MetroBus routes will retain most of their current shape, while others are being modified to improve directness and travel time. The plan calls for MetroBus to provide four different types of service categories to better match service to geographic markets across the region. The four types of service are:

  • Frequent, which will operate every 15 minutes or faster during the day
  • Local, the majority of bus routes across the network, which includes 35 routes in Missouri that will operate every 30 minutes during the day
  • Express, operating a few trips for the morning and afternoon commutes with limited stops to job centers in the region
  • Community, which includes limited fixed-route bus service, a variety of new mobility strategies such as micro transit and other on-demand services, circulator shuttles, and alternative transportation options that may be used to replace traditional bus service

More information about the proposed network plan and changes to individual routes can be found at www.metrostlouis.org/reimagined, which includes proposed route maps. The public also is encouraged to attend any of the upcoming informational meetings at Metro Transit Centers, where there will be opportunities to speak with a transit planner, ask questions and share feedback.

Schedule for Informational Meetings at Metro Transit Centers:

Monday, Oct. 22

Ballas Transit Center | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

790 S. New Ballas Road, St. Louis, MO 63141

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Rock Road Station | 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

7001 St Charles Rock Rd., St. Louis, MO 63133

Hampton Gravois Transit Center | 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

7315 Gravois Ave, St. Louis, MO 63116

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Civic Center Transit Center | 6 a.m. – 8 a.m.

401 South 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

Central West End Transit Center | 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

4510 Children’s Place, St. Louis, Mo 63110

Thursday, Oct. 25

North County Transit Center | 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

3140 Pershall Rd., Ferguson, MO 63136

Monday, Oct. 29

Shrewsbury Transit Center | 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

720 Lansdowne Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119

Clayton Transit Center | 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

275 S. Central Ave., Clayton, MO 63105

Tuesday, Oct. 30

North Hanley Transit Center | 6 a.m. – 8 a.m.

4300 Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63134

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Riverview Transit Center | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

9000 Riverview Drive, St. Louis, MO 63133

Thursday, Nov. 1

Delmar Loop Transit Center | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

660 Rosedale Ave., St. Louis, MO 63112

Saturday, Nov. 3

North County Transit Center | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

3140 Pershall Rd., Ferguson, MO 63136

Monday, Nov. 5

Maplewood-Manchester Transit Center | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

7911 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO 63143

North Broadway Transit Center | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

6231 North Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63147

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Brentwood I-64 Transit Center | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

8398 Eager Road, St. Louis, MO 63144

North Hanley Transit Center | 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

4300 Hanley Road, St. Louis, MO 63134

Thursday, Nov. 8

Civic Center Transit Center | 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

401 South 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103
Feedback to the plan can also be shared with Metro Transit Customer Service by calling 314-982-1406 or texting 314- 207-9786 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or emailing customerservice@metrostlouis.org.

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. The project team will incorporate community feedback into the final revision of the Metro Reimagined plan in late 2018. Metro Transit hopes to begin alternative mobility type pilot projects starting in spring of 2019 and implement the changes to the fixed-route network in fall of 2019.