Talk to Metro about buses and MetroLink

Spring is in the air - and the Forest Park Trolley is the perfect way to explore all of the fun attractions Forest Park has to offer. The seasonal service kicked off yesterday, and operates every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. In the meantime, have a transit question for Metro? Join the experts at noon on Wednesday, May 2.

    It’s a lovely spring day in St. Louis and we look forward to chatting with you about some of the great places Metro can take you. If you want to explore some of the world class attractions Forest Park offers, hop on the #03 Forest Park Trolley, which operates every day from 9am – 7pm.
     
    This spring, Metro released the initial draft Metro ReImagined plan - a vision for public mobility in the St. Louis region that that will provide new and existing customers with an important alternative to the norm. We’re designing a system around people first, and we’re building a network that will offer faster service, reduced wait times, and that will make connections more reliable. Metro is seeking public feedback on this draft vision through this Friday, May 4. You may view the draft plan on the project website at metrostlouis.org/reimagined, where you can also complete an online survey. We are accepting comments via email at reimagined@metrostlouis.org or you may call us 314-982-1406. Written comments may also be submitted to: Metro Transit, Attention: Planning, 211 North Broadway, Suite 700, St. Louis, MO 63102.
    When is the cortex station going to open?
    Bruce,
    Construction on the Cortex MetroLink Station is under way and nearing completion. Once construction is complete, and we have scheduled all necessary testing, we will release the planned date for opening, which will be this summer.
    Will any buses be connecting to/from cortex?
    Aligo,
     
    At this time, we anticipate maintaining most bus-rail connectivity at the Central West End MetroLink Station. We are exploring bus connections at the Cortex MetroLink Station through Metro ReImagined. The final service plan for this area will not be implemented until late 2018 - stay tuned for details. Shortly following the opening of the Cortex MetroLink Station, we will begin reconstruction of the Central West End MetroLink Station platform, which will require some temporary adjustments to MetroBus service at this transit center.
    What happened to the free rides on metro link in the city. you should bring that back.
    Webby,
     
    The MetroLink free fare zone operated as a partnership between Metro and the community improvement district that is now Downtown Inc. This program included an in-kind contribution to offset the free fares. At the same time, a similar arrangement existed between Terminals 1 & 2 at Lambert Airport. Both free fare zones were eliminated January 1, 2009, when a significant fare increase, and shortly thereafter a service reduction, were implemented. At the time of their conclusion, neither program was accompanied by a cash or in-kind match that would offset potentially lost passenger revenue. The policy decision to eliminate these programs was intended to create equity in fare payment across the entire system. Metro remains committed to exploring free and reduced-fare promotional programs and zones across our system, but in order to maintain equity, such a program would require some corresponding support.
    Webby,
     
    The MetroLink free fare zone operated as a partnership between Metro and the community improvement district that is now Downtown Inc. This program included an in-kind contribution to offset the free fares. At the same time, a similar arrangement existed between Terminals 1 & 2 at Lambert Airport. Both free fare zones were eliminated January 1, 2009, when a significant fare increase, and shortly thereafter a service reduction, were implemented. At the time of their conclusion, neither program was accompanied by a cash or in-kind match that would offset potentially lost passenger revenue. The policy decision to eliminate these programs was intended to create equity in fare payment across the entire system. Metro remains committed to exploring free and reduced-fare promotional programs and zones across our system, but in order to maintain equity, such a program would require some corresponding support.
    Why does Metro reimagined cut service to a major transfer station like Brentwood on the 57X line?
    Melanie,
     
    The draft Metro ReImagined vision involves taking the #57X Clayton Road Express directly from I-64 to major employment centers in the Central West End and Downtown. We have since heard from a number of customers who prefer connecting at the Brentwood I-64 MetroLink Station to continue their journey to Clayton or destinations like Washington University, the Central West End, and Downtown via train. We are working to revise this draft plan, and anticipate making changes to the proposal for the #57X Clayton Road Express. Thank you for your feedback, and if you wish to provide more specific information about your preferences for this or other routes, please e-mail us at reimagined@metrostlouis.org
  • Thank you for joining us during our Live Chat this afternoon. As a quick reminder, the deadline for feedback on the first draft of the Metro Reimagined plan is this Friday, May 4. Learn more at metrostlouis.org/reimagined and let us know what you think. If you have any other questions, call us at 314-982-1406 or reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook. Have a great day, St. Louis!
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