New Metro bus to hit streets of St. Louis soon

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- A new kind of Metro bus will be rolling on the streets of St. Louis soon. They’re designed to carry more passengers and yet be cost effective. Metro customers who ride the #70 Grand Line have long complained about overcrowding.  Randy Franklin a Metro customer says, “Sometimes it so crowded you have to wait for the next bus to come.”

The solution: new articulated buses. They are 60 feet long instead of the usual 40 feet.  There are two sections linked by a pivot joint.  It bends in the middle. The articulated buses cost about two percent more to operate but carry almost 25 percent more passengers.  Metro CEO Ray Friem said, “We are always trying to find the best deals for both our capital and our operating dollars.”

Metro is using a federal grant to buy the buses. To save money they are made from old buses but they have new parts. Recycle and reuse, Metro is green.  Jay Raber works for Complete Coach Works, the company that is building the new buses.  He said, “If we didn’t rebuild this bus and put it back in service it would end up in a landfill.”  Friem added, “We went out and got a grant for high capacity buses, that grant would have bought us six new buses. By going the refurbished route were able get to 15 to put into service in the region.”

The first new bus hits the road June 9th. All 15 should be out on city streets by the end of the year. Customers are looking forward to the new transportation.  Randy Franklin said, “That’s a great improvement we do need it.” They are needed on a bus route that has more than 9,000 boardings each day.

8 comments

    • Katie

      I think we could sacrifice an extra 5 minutes so that all passengers can fit on the Metro Bus, Steven. It won’t kill us.

      • Steven Sweeney

        right… we should waste time and gas and cause more pollution because a big company like metro is more important than regular folks..If the buses and metrolink both aren’t enough, then buy a car like everyone else..the crime and taxpayer expense simply aren’t worth it..

    • Brandon Halley

      “Buy a car like everyone else.” take the metro quite frequently and own (and drive) my car. If you think I’m going to waste gas driving from South County to down town every week I’m literally laughing at you. Do you know how many people depend on the metro? Do you even know what public transit is? Get over yourself.

  • Butch Fletcher

    A few years ago they were using an articulated bus at Grand and Chippewa. Theyve tested them….no big deal. Was in San Antonio a couple weeks ago and they have two bus lines. One is exclusively articulated busses.

  • Thomas Foeller

    Steven what the hell do busses and crime have to do with anything? Most bus riders are honest hard working individuals.

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