Transportation

Renewed Bus Service Comes to St. Louis with Metro Reimagined

With the start of the academic year comes renewed transportation options in St. Louis. Starting on September 30th, Metro Transit will implement Metro Reimagined, its reformed plan for bus service in Missouri.  This new plan focuses on increasing frequency of high-ridership routes, streamlining routes to increase trip speed, and improving weekend service.

To decide on the service changes, Metro studied the existing transit network in depth, analyzing where customers travel in the region as well as why they travel and how they want to get there. Metro officials also conducted extensive customer outreach throughout 2018, with the goal of incorporating rider input into every step of the planning process.

Features of the new service plan include: 10 new high-frequency MetroBus routes operating every 15 minutes or faster during the day (in contrast to one route today operating at this frequency), 35 new routes operating at 30-minute frequencies, and Sunday service added to many routes.

Although MetroLink service will not change, most of the MetroBus route in Missouri will be either altered, discontinued and new will be added. Here’s what changes to expect for the routes serving WashU’s campuses:

#1 – Gold

Will now terminate at Mallinckrodt Center to the west.

Frequency: Every 30 minutes on weekdays, every 60 minutes on evenings and weekends.

#2 – Red

Will feature a more direct route, offering faster trips but no longer serving Skinker south of Wydown, Eastgate and Westgate.

Frequency: Every 30 minutes on weekdays, every 60 minutes on evenings and weekends.

#5 – Green Line

Will now be served by full-size MetroBus vehicles instead of the smaller Call-A-Ride vehicles. The new route will no longer serve Greenway Apartments or Anheuser-Busch Hall.

Frequency: Every 3-5 minutes, starting at 7:45 AM on weekdays and 10:45 AM on weekends and ending at 1:00 AM daily.

#16 – City Limit

Will now operate on Skinker between Delmar and MLK Drive instead of Hamilton. In addition to full-length trips between Riverview Transit Center and Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 Transit Center, there will now also be trips only operating between Riverview and the Delmar Loop Transit Center.

Frequency: Riverview/Delmar Loop trips will operate at a 15-minute frequency weekdays during the day, and every 30 minutes on evenings and weekends. Riverview/Shrewsbury trips will operate at a 30-minute frequency all days.

#47 – Hanley

Formerly known as the #47 Clayton-NCTC, this route will now terminate at North Hanley Transit Center.

Frequency: Every 30 minutes weekdays, every 60 minutes evenings and weekends.

#91 – Olive

Will no longer serve parts of Warson, Guelbreth, Old Olive, Baur and Chesterfield Parkway. These areas will be served by the new #49 Lindbergh and #65 Outer Forty routes.

Frequency: Every 30 minutes during the day and 60 minutes in the evening, both weekdays and weekends.

#97 – Delmar

Will no longer serve areas west of North and South Road. Service on McKnight and Delmar east of I-170 will be served by the #33 Midland.

Frequency: Every 30 minutes during the day and 60 minutes in the evening, both weekdays and weekends.

The following routes serving the Medical Campus will also be affected: #8, #10, #13, #14 (discontinued), #18, #42, #57X, #58X (new), #59, #80 (discontinued), #95, and #410X (new). Learn more about these routes and the Metro Reimagined service plan.

Explore the new routes on the interactive map below. Click the two arrows in the top left corner to open the legend.