Category: Transit

Top 25 US Rail-Based Transit Systems of 2015

Amongst US transit systems, St. Louis is ranked 19th… and falling.

/ 11 April 2016

Cincinnati Metro Transit Imagined

Cincinnati, I made a fantasy transit map for your fair city. This fully grade-separated metro-style system has the following characteristics: 6 lines that pair together into 3 trunk lines 92 route miles 111 stations Also included on the map is...

/ 2 February 2016

Are Pets Allowed on Metro?

Can you take your pet aboard a Metro bus or MetroLink? Metro’s website seems to clearly say no. Can I bring my pet on MetroLink or a MetroBus on a leash or in a pet carrier? Only service animals accompanying...

/ 16 April 2013

The St. Louis Streetcar and MetroLink: Compatibility Issues to Address Before Expansion

Streetcars are on the minds of many in St. Louis. The Loop Trolley finally got through the University City city council and will soon begin construction. Meanwhile, the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis unveiled their own streetcar proposal. Matt Fernandez...

/ 16 March 2013

Top 25 Rail-Based Transit Systems in the United States

Good statistics: #STL has 10th busiest (REAL) light rail system in nation, in 18th largest metro area. We should all be proud as hell.— Frank DeGraaf (@countondowntown) June 6, 2012 Now I’m a believer in St. Louis’s MetroLink as an...

/ 7 June 2012

Transit-Oriented Crap

The antithesis of transit-oriented development. That’s what I called the plan for the site adjacent to the Sunnen MetroLink station that is currently under construction, a Mini car dealership surrounded by more than 500 parking spaces. Then I found this...

/ 17 May 2012

Streetcar Named No Desire to Nowhere

University City Patch published a letter to the editor yesterday from former City Council member Elsie Beck. I assume the letter was motivated by a government meeting held on Monday where the Loop Trolley was a big topic of discussion....

/ 16 May 2012

Metro Studying Automation of MetroLink Line in Illinois

Metro recently passed their budget for the 2013 fiscal year. The most widely reported news from Metro’s budget is a planned fare increase that will take affect in July. Details of the far increase will be presented in a series...

/ 1 April 2012

Loop Trolley Faces Development, Operation Challenges, Looks to 2013 Groundbreaking

The first of two Loop Trolley and St. Vincent Greenway information update meetings was held last Wednesday at the Missouri History Museum. The next meeting will be held today at the Regional Arts Commission in the Loop, 4:30-7:30 PM. Comments...

/ 27 March 2012

Saint Louis Zoo Announces Expansion Plans, Monorail

I had originally planned on publishing this post on April Fools Day, but in light of the prescient news revealed a few hours ago, I am publishing this post today. I swear I had the idea for this post well...

/ 12 March 2012

SLU Should Partner With Metro, Not Run Its Own Shuttle

Come late August, downtown will be a bit busier when the Saint Louis University academic year begins and its Law School opens the doors on its new downtown location. Announced with surprise and excitement only 2 weeks ago, the building...

/ 6 February 2012

BJC Looks to Push Central West End Metrolink Station to Kingshighway, Again

When the St. Louis Development Corporation published their request for proposals for transit-oriented development consulting services, they included in the document a desire to study the possibility of relocating the Central West End MetroLink station from Euclid to Kingshighway. What...

/ 1 February 2012