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St. Louis Bus Routes Getting Reworked

MetroBus looks to bump up service along its most popular lines and move less popular bus routes to on-demand only status.
April 4, 2018, 6am PDT | Casey Brazeal | @northandclark
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Like many cities around the US, St. Louis has seen its bus ridership drop, now the city has announced a possible plan to reorganize their service. "A key goal is increasing MetroBus frequency and reducing wait times on its 12 most popular routes during times of maximum use," Mark Schlinkmann writes for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The plan will be open for public comment in the coming months and, if it gets community support, would be phased in over the next three years.

"Now the gaps between buses can be as long as 40 minutes in peak periods and longer at other times," Schlinkmann reports, in this new plan by simplifying routes and operating others on a strictly on-demand basis, popular routes would be served every 15 minutes. "If the board signs off on it, implementation would be phased in over as long as three years. The plan would be the biggest bus changes here since routes were overhauled in 2006 to mesh with the opening that year of the Cross-County MetroLink line," Schlinkmann writes.

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Published on Monday, April 2, 2018 in St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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