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MetroBus
A Metrobus on Tucker Blvd in 2012
Parent Bi-State Development Agency
FoundedApril 1963, 01; 60 years ago (01-04-1963)
Service area Greater St. Louis, MissouriIllinois, U.S.
Service type Local bus
Express bus
Routes59
Stops9,000
Hubs25 transit centers
23 park and ride lots
Depots3
Fleet242 diesel buses
24 electric buses
Daily ridership40,800 (weekdays, Q3 2023) [1]
Annual ridership11,987,600 (2022) [2]
Fuel type Diesel
Electric
Operator Metro Transit
Website metrostlouis.org/metrobus

MetroBus is a public bus service operated by Metro Transit that serves the Greater St. Louis area. In 2022, the service had an annual ridership of 11,987,600, or about 40,800 per weekday as of the third quarter of 2023.

Service

MetroBus currently operates 59 fixed bus routes in a shared fare system with the MetroLink light rail service. Of its 59 bus routes, 46 of them operate in St. Louis City and County in Missouri with 13 routes in St. Clair County, Illinois. [3] In September 2019, as part of Metro Reimagined, Metro restructured Missouri bus routes to add increased frequency on busy routes but discontinued six low ridership routes. [4] [5]

In June 2021, Metro introduced the region's first electric buses including 40-foot and 60-foot articulated models. The 60-foot articulated buses are used exclusively on the #70 Grand bus line, the region's busiest. [6]

Beginning with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, MetroBus has seen a sharp decline in ridership and it's estimated that full recovery could take several years. [7] In addition, ongoing labor shortages have reduced Metro's ability to offer comprehensive service to its riders. [8] [9] In June 2023, weekend service was reduced on 26 routes and suspended on 4 others. [10] In an effort to recruit more drivers, Bi-State's board signed a contract in August 2023 with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788, which approved a salary increase for each of the next two fiscal years and a $5,000 signing bonus. However, recruitment remains low and Metro slashed the number of full-time bus driver slots in its 2024 budget by 21%, from 811 to 635. [9]

In January 2024, after several successful hiring events, Metro announced increased frequency on 17 bus routes in St. Louis City and County. At the time of the service adjustment, driver ranks had increased to 618, up from 556 in November 2023. [11]

Bus routes

Missouri

A MetroBus on the Eads Bridge
Missouri Bus Routes [12]
No. Name Notes
1 Gold Route operates between the Central West End and Mallinckrodt transit centers. This route was originally operated by Washington University as a shuttle service between their medical and Hilltop campuses. Operations were handed over to Metro in 2006. [13]
2 Red Route operates between the Rock Road and Brentwood I-64 transit centers. Intermediate stops include the Delmar Loop, Skinker and Mallinckrodt transit centers. This route was originally operated by Washington University as a shuttle service between their campuses and other locations. Operations were handed over to Metro in 2006. [13]
4 Natural Bridge Route operates primarily along Natural Bridge Avenue between the North Hanley and Civic Center transit centers with an intermediate stop at UMSL–South.
5 Green Route operated as part of a contract with Washington University. It begins and ends at the Mallinckrodt Transit Center with intermediate stops at the Skinker and University City–Big Bend MetroLink stations.
8 Shaw Cherokee Route operates between the Central West End and Catalan transit centers. Generally follows Taylor, Chouteau, Tower Grove, Shaw, Grand Boulevard, Cherokee, Jefferson, and South Broadway.
9 Oakville Route operates between the Shrewsbury Transit Center and Telegraph and Baumgartner in Oakville. Generally follows River de Peres Boulevard, Germania/Marceau, Broadway, and Telegraph. Jefferson Baracks is an intermediate destination.
10 Gravois Lindell Route operates between the Central West End and Gravois–Hampton transit centers. The northern half of the route generally follows Olive/Lindell to the Civic Center Transit Center while the southern half follows Gravois to Hampton.
11 Chippewa Route operates between the Civic Center and Shrewsbury transit centers. Generally follows Chouteau, South Jefferson, Chippewa, and Lansdowne.
13 Union Route operates along Taylor, Lindell, and Union between the Central West End Transit Center and Union and West Florissant in North St. Louis.
16 City Limits Route operates between the Riverview and Shrewsbury transit centers. Generally follows Jennings Station Road, Skinker/Kienlen, Jamieson Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue.
18 Taylor Route operates along Taylor, Newstead, and Pope between the Central West End Transit Center and O'Fallon Park.
19 St. Louis Ave Route operates between the Civic Center and Rock Road transit centers. Generally follows Tucker Boulevard, 13th Street, St. Louis Avenue, and St. Charles Rock Road.
21 Watson Road Route operates between the Shrewsbury Transit Center and St. Louis Community College–Meramec. Generally follows Watson Road, Kirkwood Road ( Lindbergh Boulevard) and Big Bend Boulevard.
30 Arsenal Route operates between the Civic Center and Shrewsbury transit centers. Generally follows Chouteau, South Broadway, Arsenal, Watson, and Chippewa. Does not service the National Geospatial–Intelligence Agency during snow events.
31 Chouteau Route operates between the Civic Center Transit Center and the Maplewood Commons shopping center. Generally follows Chouteau and Manchester to Hanley Road. Makes an intermediate stop at the Maplewood–Manchester Transit Center.
32 M.L. King Route operates between the Civic Center and Rock Road transit centers. Generally follows 14th Street, Olive Street, Tucker Boulevard, Cole Street, Cass Avenue, and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.
33 Midland Route operates along Dorsett and Midland roads between the Clayton Transit Center and Westport Plaza.
34 Earth City Route operates along Interstate 70 and Route 141 (Earth City Expressway) between the North Hanley Transit Center and the Riverport business parks.
35 Rock Road Route operates along St. Charles Rock Road between the Rock Road Transit Center and DePaul Medical Center.
40 North Broadway Route operates primarily along Broadway north of Olive Street between the Riverview and Civic Center transit centers. In downtown St. Louis, the route is coupled on Locust and Olive streets between 14th Street and Broadway.
41 Lee Route operates primarily along Riverview Boulevard, Lee Avenue, and 20th Street between the Riverview and Civic Center transit centers. During snow events the route changes to West Florissant Avenue and Union Boulevard.
42 Sarah Route operates primarily along Sarah Street in North St. Louis between the Central West Transit Center and O'Fallon Park.
47 Hanley Route operates primarily along Hanley Road between the Clayton and North Hanley transit centers. In downtown Clayton the route is coupled on Central and Meramec avenues serving the St. Louis County Government complex.
49 Lindbergh Route operates between the North Hanley Transit Center and South County Mall. Generally follows Lindbergh Boulevard and Natural Bridge Avenue.
56 Kirkwood-Webster Route operates between the Shrewsbury Transit Center and St. Louis Community College–Meramec. Generally follows Big Bend Boulevard, Berry Road, and Lockwood Avenue.
57 Manchester Route operates primarily along Manchester Road between the Maplewood Transit Center and Wildwood Town Center. Limited service is provided to St. Louis Community College–Wildwood.
58 Chesterfield Valley Route operates between the Clayton Transit Center and the Chesterfield Valley. Generally follows Interstate 64 with intermediate stops at the Ballas Transit Center, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Chesterfield shopping centers.
59 Oakland Route operates between the Central West End Transit Center and Highland Terrace at St. Mary's Hospital. Generally follows Oakland and Clayton avenues.
60 Shepley-Lilac Route begins at the Riverview Transit Center and operates primarily along Chambers Road and Lilac Avenue serving destinations in Glasgow Village.
61 Chambers Route operates between the North Hanley and Riverview transit centers. Generally follows Hanley Road, Airport/Chambers Road, and Bellefontaine Road.
64 Lucas Hunt Route operates primarily along Lucas-Hunt and Halls Ferry roads between the Rock Road and Riverview transit centers.
70 Grand Route operates almost entirely along Grand Boulevard between the North Broadway Transit Center and Loughborough Commons. This is Metro's busiest bus route and is operated with 60-foot, battery electric articulated buses.
73 Carondelet Route operates between the Civic Center Transit Center and South County Mall. Generally follows 12th Street, South Broadway, Virginia and Michigan avenues, and Lemay Ferry Road.
74 Florissant Route operates primarily along West and North Florissant avenues between the North County and Civic Center transit centers. Limited service is provided to St. Louis Community College–Florissant Valley.
76 McDonnell-Waterford Route operates between the North County and North Hanley transit centers. Serves the Boeing campus near St. Louis Lambert International Airport and other industrial parks in North County.
77 Village Square Route operates primarily along Hanley Road, Dunn Road, Lindbergh Boulevard, and New Halls Ferry Road between the North County and North Hanley transit centers.
78 Bellefontaine Route operates between the North County and Riverview transit centers. Generally follows New Halls Ferry Road, Parker Road, and Bellefontaine Road and serves Christian Hospital Northeast and the National Personnel Records Center.
79 Ferguson Route operates primarily on Florissant Road, Dunn Road, and Pershall Road between the North Hanley and North County transit centers.
90 Hampton Route operates primarily on Goodfellow Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in North St. Louis and Hampton Avenue and Germania/Marceau avenues In South St. Louis. This route also serves attractions in Forest Park.
91 Olive Route operates along Olive Boulevard between the Delmar Transit Center and Chesterfield Village.
94 Page Route operates along Page between the Civic Center Transit Center and Westport Plaza. Intermediate stops include the Wellston Transit Center.
95 Kingshighway Route operates primarily along Kingshighway Boulevard between the North Broadway and Gravois–Hampton transit centers. Intermediate stops include the Central West End Transit Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
97 Delmar Route operates primarily along Delmar Boulevard between the Civic Center and Clayton transit centers with an intermediate stop at the Delmar Loop Transit Center.
98 Ballas-North Hanley Route operates between the North Hanley and Ballas transit centers. Generally follows New Ballas Road where it serves both Mercy and Missouri Baptist medical centers and then continues along interstates 270 and 70.
100 Hazelwood Route operates between the North Hanley Transit Center and several business and industrial parks around Hazelwood. Rush hour service includes DePaul Medical Center.
174X North Express Route operates primarily along Halls Ferry and North Broadway between the North County and North Broadway transit centers.

Illinois

Interior of a MetroBus in 2012
Illinois Bus Routes [12]
No. Name Notes
1 Main Street – State Street Route operates primarily along State and Main streets between the 5th & Missouri and Belleville transit centers. Intermediate stops include the Fairview Heights Transit Center and downtown Belleville.
2 Cahokia Heights Route operates between the 5th & Missouri Transit Center and Cahokia Heights. Generally follows Mississippi Avenue, Falling Springs Road, and Camp Jackson Road. Intermediate stops include the St. Louis Downtown Airport and Cahokia High School.
3 Sauget – Water Street Route operates primarily along Mississippi Avenue and Water Street between the 5th & Missouri Transit Center and Prairie Du Pont. Intermediate stops include Sauget Business Park.
4 19th & Central Route operates from the 5th & Missouri Transit Center to 19th and Wilford. Generally follows Broadway, Bond Avenue, 19th Street, Wilford Avenue, and 17th Street.
5 Missouri Avenue – ML King Route operates from the 5th & Missouri Transit Center and serves locations in central East St. Louis. Generally follows Missouri and St. Louis avenues.
6 Rosemont Route operates between the Emerson Park and Fairview Heights transit centers. Intermediate stops include the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center and Washington Park MetroLink stations.
8 Alta Sita Route operates between the Emerson Park Transit Center and Cahokia Village. Generally follows 25th Street, Bond Avenue, and Route 157.
9 Washington Park Route operates between the Emerson Park and Washington Park transit centers. Intermediate stops include the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center MetroLink station.
12 O'Fallon – Fairview Heights Route operates between the Fairview Heights and Shiloh-Scott transit centers. Serves various locations in O'Fallon including St. Clair Square.
13 Caseyville Route operates between the Fairview Heights Transit Center and Collinsville. Generally follows Main Street and Morrison Avenue.
14 Memorial Hospital – Westfield Plaza Route operates between the Memorial Hospital Transit Center and 74th Street at Westchester. Intermediate stops include Memorial Hospital, Country Club Plaza, and Westfield Plaza.
15 Belleville – Shiloh – O'Fallon Route operates between the Belleville Transit Center and downtown O'Fallon. Intermediate stops include Green Mount Crossing and Memorial Hospital.
16 St. Clair Square Route operates between the College Transit Center and downtown Collinsville. Generally follows Route 159 with intermediate stops at the Belleville and Swansea transit centers and St. Clair Square.

Fares

MetroBus operates in a shared fare system with the MetroLink light rail service. When boarding, riders with valid passes present them to the operator. Riders without passes are able to pay exact change into the onboard farebox. [14]

MetroBus Fare Structure
Metro Fare Type Mode Current Fare
Cash Base Fare Bus $1.00
Cash (Reduced Fare)* Bus $0.50
2-Hour Pass/Transfer Bus/Rail $3.00
2-Hour Pass/Transfer (Reduced Fare)* Bus/Rail $1.50
2-Hour Pass (from Lambert Airport) Bus/Rail $4.00
(10) 2-Hour Passes Bus/Rail $30.00
One-Day Adventure Pass Bus/Rail $5.00
Weekly Pass Bus/Rail $27.00
Monthly Pass Bus/Rail $78.00
Monthly Pass (Reduced Fare)* Bus/Rail $39.00
Combo Pass Bus/Rail $98.00
University Semester Pass Bus/Rail $175.00
* Reduced fares require a Metro reduced fare permit [15]

† Two-hour passes can only be purchased as a mobile fare option on the Transit app [15]

Fleet

Metro Transit operates a total of 261 vehicles for MetroBus. 237 of them are made up of 35 and 40-foot low-emission, low-floor diesel buses made by Gillig. The rest make up Metro's battery-electric fleet and include 10 low-floor, 40-foot Gillig buses and 14 articulated, 60-foot New Flyer XE60 buses. Electric buses are charged overnight at the Brentwood and DeBaliviere garages, while in-service charging is at the North Broadway Transit Center. [16] [17] [18]

All MetroBus vehicles are equipped with an accessible lift or ramp and include priority seating. [19] Additionally, each vehicle is equipped with a two-bike bike rack, available on a first-come, first-served basis. [20]

Facilities

Transit centers

MetroBus portion of the Clayton Transit Center

MetroBus serves a total of 25 transit centers with 15 of them located in Missouri and 10 of them located in Illinois. 19 of them have direct connections with MetroLink. [21] [22]

Missouri

Illinois

Other connections

At the Civic Center Transit Center, MetroBus passengers can connect with Amtrak, Greyhound and other national services at the neighboring Gateway Transportation Center. MetroBus also connects with Madison County Transit (MCT) bus routes at various stations and transit centers in the core St. Louis area including Civic Center, 8th & Pine, Convention Center and the Emerson Park Transit Center. [23]

Garages

Metro Transit operates three garages for MetroBus in the Greater St. Louis region: [22]

  • Brentwood Garage
  • DeBaliviere Garage
  • Illinois Garage

See also

References

  1. ^ "Transit Ridership Report Third Quarter 2023" (PDF). American Public Transportation Association. November 30, 2023. Retrieved December 6, 2023.
  2. ^ "Transit Ridership Report Fourth Quarter 2022" (PDF). American Public Transportation Association. March 1, 2023. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  3. ^ "System Profile". Metro Transit – Saint Louis. Retrieved 2023-09-18.
  4. ^ "New MetroBus Service Plan". Metrostlouis.org Site. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  5. ^ "Metro Finalizes Plan To Overhaul Bus Service In Missouri; Rollout In September". STLPR. Retrieved September 15, 2023.
  6. ^ Lindsey (2022-06-29). "Celebrating 1 Year of Electric Buses". Metro Transit – Saint Louis. Retrieved 2023-09-18.
  7. ^ Currier, Joel (2020-03-21). "Metro reduces bus, MetroLink service amid COVID-19 outbreak". STLtoday.com. Retrieved 2023-09-18.
  8. ^ Amand, Amanda St (2020-03-26). "Not enough drivers means delays for some Metro bus routes". STLtoday.com. Retrieved 2023-09-18.
  9. ^ a b Post-Dispatch, Namratha Prasad St Louis (2023-09-18). "Some Metro drivers make more than $40,000 in overtime pay amid labor shortage". STLtoday.com. Retrieved 2023-09-18.
  10. ^ Schlinkmann, Mark (June 7, 2023). "Metro to reduce service on 30 bus routes, citing continued driver shortages". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis, Missouri. Retrieved June 24, 2023.
  11. ^ Schlinkmann, Mark (2024-01-05). "Metro to increase bus runs on 17 routes as driver ranks increase". STLtoday.com. Retrieved 2024-02-06.
  12. ^ a b "MetroBus Schedule". Metro Transit – Saint Louis. Retrieved 2023-09-18.
  13. ^ a b "Studlife Article".
  14. ^ "MetroBus". Metro Transit – Saint Louis. Retrieved 2024-02-17.
  15. ^ a b "Fares & Passes". Metro Transit – Saint Louis. Retrieved 2024-02-17.
  16. ^ Lindsey (June 29, 2022). "Celebrating 1 Year of Electric Buses". Metro Transit – Saint Louis. Retrieved September 18, 2023.
  17. ^ "System Profile". Metro Transit – Saint Louis. Retrieved September 14, 2023.
  18. ^ Lindsey (March 23, 2022). "Metro Transit Awarded $4M Grant to Expand Electric Bus Program". Metro Transit – Saint Louis. Retrieved October 16, 2023.
  19. ^ "Accessibility". Metro Transit – Saint Louis. Retrieved 2024-02-12.
  20. ^ "Bike & Ride". Metro Transit – Saint Louis. Retrieved 2024-02-12.
  21. ^ "2021 Bus Bay Maps" (PDF). Metro St. Louis.
  22. ^ a b "System Addresses". Metro Transit – Saint Louis. Retrieved 2023-09-18.
  23. ^ "System Map". Madison County Transit. Retrieved 2023-09-19.

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