Metro tweaks plan to restore service


The public has spoken, and it’s apparently not yet satisfied with the Metro transit agency’s efforts to restore some of the service it discontinued earlier this year.

Metro officials announced last week they were tweaking a plan to bring back one-third of the $35 million in MetroBus and Call-A-Ride services cut last March.

The agency discontinued on March 30 some 24 bus routes and halted curb-to-curb van service for disabled riders in south and west county outside of Interstate 270.

“Plan 1,” proposed last month, called for using $12 million in one-time federal stimulus money to temporarily restore some of those routes.

Restored service would operate for one year starting Aug. 3.

Officials bounced the proposal off the public and, after receiving more than 300 comments from May 22 to June 8, decided to redistribute the money to reinstate some of the requested routes.

The catch, however, is that adding routes reduces the length of time the stimulus money can support them, officials said.

Metro would need approximately $1.14 million a month in subsidy to sustain the proposed revisions. In one year’s time, the total cost would exceed the $12 million available. Therefore, the revised plan ends operation of all restored transit service in June 2010, two months earlier than first proposed.

If additional funding were to become available — federally or through higher-than-expected passenger revenue — Metro would either add more routes or extend existing restored service operation into July 2010 or beyond, officials said.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has yet to sign the measure approving the $12 million Met-ro appropriation.

The Metro Board of Commissioners will vote on the revised plan when it meets Friday, June 26.

If approved, restored services would, as initially proposed, begin operating on Aug. 3.

For south county residents, the revised plan reinstates one MetroBus route, No. 17 Oakville Laclede Station, which was cut in March, and modifies another bus service, No. 40X I-55 Mehlville Express, which the preliminary plan restored.

No. 17 Oakville Laclede Station will provide service between Oakville and the Shrewsbury MetroLink Station.

From Baumgartner, north on Telegraph, east to Sylvan Springs Park, west on Sheridan into Sappington Barracks, northwest on Barracks View into Lindbergh, southwest on Lemay Ferry, into South County Mall, northeast on Lemay Ferry, north on Lindbergh, northeast on Union, northwest on Reavis Barracks, left into Reavis Barracks Park Ride Lot, northwest on Reavis Barracks, west on Reavis, north on Tesson Ferry into Rock Hill, north on Laclede Station Road, east on Murdoch into Murdoch cutoff, east on Lansdowne, into the Shrewsbury MetroLink Station.

Service will be provided hourly from 5:05 a.m. to 7:05 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The No. 40X I-55 Mehlville Express bus service will be restored between the Mo-DOT Richardson Road Park-Ride Lot and downtown St. Louis.

Morning service will operate from the MoDOT Richardson Road Park-Ride lot, to Meramec Bottom Road, the South County Education Center Park-Ride Lot, Lemay Ferry, I-255/I-270, the MoDOT Reavis Barracks Park-Ride Lot, north on I-55 to Truman Parkway, Chouteau, 14th Street, Market, Ninth Street, Washington, ending at the Convention Center MetroLink Station. Evening service will follow the reverse of morning service.

The route will operate on a 30-minute frequency, with a total of five morning trips and five evening trips per weekday.


to see all restored and enhanced routes under the preliminary and revised plans.