Passenger Transportation

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Who Needs Uber? County Cab, Yellow Cab App Hits 25,000 Downloads in St. Louis

    So you need a ride. You pull out your phone, place the order in an app, watch as the tiny blinking car on the map comes closer to your location, go outside when a text message tells you your ride has arrived and pay with a credit card via the app. Sounds like Lyft or Uber, right? But it's not. Coun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Judge Delays Hearings on Lyft's Future in St. Louis

    A full week of deliberations just isn't enough. On Wednesday, Circuit Court Judge Joan Moriarty ordered a ten-day break before the hearings over ride-sharing app Lyft's future in St. Louis can continue. After hearing from all of the witnesses, Moriarty asked counselors from Lyft and from the Metrop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Lyft Fights Injunction in St. Louis Court: "It's Just Not Fair"

    The future of Lyft in St. Louis isn't final yet. A St. Louis judge delayed ruling on an injunction that would ban the ride-sharing app from operating in the Lou Wednesday until she could hear further testimony. The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, which regulates cars-for-hire in the city and cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    Lyft's Court Date Gets Pushed Back, Uber Gets Support from Mayor Slay

    Lyft will have its day in court. Just not yet. The smartphone-based ride-sharing app is fighting a temporary restraining order that prohibits Lyft from operating in St. Louis without a ride-for-hire license. The restraining order, filed by the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, will stay in effect un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2014

    Carmel, St. Louis' Only Legal Car Service App, to Lyft: "Stop Crying and Start Complying"

    For weeks now, conversations about the rise of the ride-hailing apps, specifically Lyft and Uber, have dominated the news and social-media conversations in St. Louis. But few seem to remember St. Louis' original ride app, Carmel, which went live in March with none of the fanfare or drama of its com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    Judge Says Lyft Must Stop in St. Louis; Lyft Calls Restraining Order "Bullying and Intimidation"

    Lyft says it's staying on in St. Louis, even after a circuit court judge granted a temporary restraining order to stop the company from operating here. "Lyft is now live and providing safe rides and economic opportunity in 34 cities across the United States," Lyft spokeswoman Paige Thelen said afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Lyft Never Told New Drivers It's Technically Illegal, Not Licensed in St. Louis

    LJ Pryor doesn't want to work for Lyft anymore. "I don't want to get in trouble, that's for sure," Pryor, 45, tells Daily RFT. "They'll have to get somebody else." Lyft, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing app, launches here today, even though the company never got a license to operate in St. Lou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Carmel Personal Driver App Goes Live, Brings St. Louis into 2012

    It's official. Carmel Car & Limo is live in St. Louis, offering a car and personal driver at any time of day to anyone with a smartphone. App-based car services have spread rapidly since launching as startups in Silicon Valley, and they now serve more than 35 U.S. cities and dozens of countries. Ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Rider's Residency: Amtrak Offers Free Long-Distance Train Rides to Writers

    For writers, there are few spaces more motivating, focusing and inspirational than a window seat on a train. Walt Disney came up with Mickey Mouse on a train. Same thing with J.K. Rowling, who says Harry Potter popped into her head fully-formed on a crowded car. And now 24 writers will get a spec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    Carmel Car App Postpones Debut, Makes It Up to St. Louis With Free Money

    Carmel Limousine, St. Louis' first app-based car-hailing service, won't be ready for another week. The company hoped to start St. Louis service on Monday, officially bringing the Lou into the growing circle of dozens of major American cities with access to a car and driver at the push of a button.

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    How to Use Carmel, St. Louis' First Smartphone-Based Car Service

    It's not Uber. It's not Lyft. Turns out, New York City's Carmel is the first app-based ride-hailing service to cross the finish line into St. Louis, and they beat the competition by following the rules.

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Taxis, Beware: St. Louis to Get First App-Based Car Service

    St. Louis is just days away from joining the more than 35 American cities and dozens of countries using apps to call for a cheap and easy car service. That's according to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, who enigmatically tweeted about the coming service Sunday afternoon.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Receding River Allows Amtrak to Restore Full Service to Kansas City

    Amtrak: Now free to move about Missouri.​Amtrak will restore full service between St. Louis and Kansas City beginning Wednesday. Flooding along the Missouri River forced Amtrak to reduce its runs between the two cities earlier this month after Union Pacific switched more of its freight traffic ont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Swollen Missouri River Forces Amtrak to Reduce St. Louis to Kansas City Service

    The Union Pacific line west of Jefferson City as viewed this morning.​Flood waters along the Missouri River have forced the Union Pacific railroad to divert its freight trains to a line of track the carrier shares with Amtrak. The resulting congestion has forced the passenger train to temporarily ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Lambert Cabbie Fees: Update on Drivers' Suit Against Taxicab Commission

    An extra airport fee to fund the taxicab commission is legal, its lawyer says.​Last week, we told you about the lawsuit filed by a pair of taxi drivers, alleging that the $1 fee assessed on cabs leaving Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is an illegal tax.But within days of the class action s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Drunk Pulled From Illinois River​A ferry boat operator and a brave sheriff's deputy teamed up to rescue a Calhoun County man from the icy Illinois River on Saturday. Charles Sidwell, 58, of Kampsville, sent his his 2002 Grand Cherokee flying into the river around 10:30 p.m. February 19 when he failed to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Before Amtrak Gets Fast, It's About to Get Slow

    Someone oughtta right a song about this. Oh, wait...​Beginning today Amtrak service between Chicago and St. Louis will experience several interruptions for track maintenance as part of an effort to create a high-speed route between the two cities. Passengers who use Amtrak's Lincoln Service depart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Construction on High-Speed Rail to Chicago Underway

    Amtrak's St. Louis-Chicago route, converting to high-speed...eventually.​The dream is alive! Construction on a new high-speed rail line between St. Louis and Chicago is set to begin in September and the first 90 miles -- extending from just north of Alton to just south of Lincoln but excluding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    High-Speed Rail From St. Louis to Chicago Gets $1.1 Billion in Funds

    ​Four-hour train trips to Chicago -- at speeds hitting 110 m.p.h. -- are one step closer to becoming reality. President Barack Obama will be in Florida today to unveil how the government plans to spend $8 billion it's set aside in stimulus money for some 13 high-speed rail corridors throughout the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    On the Internet "Free" Is Just Another Word For "Can We Pick Your Pocket?"

    Photo by: samiksha / CC BY 2.0​Ever wonder what ''free" as in "free offer" really means? Of course, we all know that when you get an email with a free offer from some company you've never heard of it's very likely not actually free. That's a given. But what if the offer came f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Video: Hive, the Latest Piece of Metro Link Art, is Dedicated at Delmar Stop

    Photo: Nick Lucchesi"Hive," the latest piece of artwork featured at a Metro stop, was dedicated last night.​ Last night at the Delmar Loop Metro stop, "Hive," a honeycomb-on-acid sculpture by Minneapolis-based artists Janet Lofquist, was dedicated to the public, although anyone who's been by the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 9.1

    ​ Sheila Lukins, co-author of "The Silver Palate" cookbooks, has died. ( thief charged with DWI. (Buffalo News)New York's Major League Baseball stadiums add fresh fruit to their concession stands. (New York Times)Brain sandwich wins Indiana bar "Manliest Restaurant in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Chris Cornell Makes It Unsafe to Fly the Friendly Skies​Virgin America is the only way to fly to London. A few years ago when I traveled overseas, the amenities I received -- from the free booze and gourmet-ish dinners to the cute little facemask for sleeping -- blew my mind. And that wasn't even taking into account the music and movie s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Metro Restores Some Bus Services; No Changes to Metrolink

    Photo: Nick Lucchesi​The St. Louis public transit agency, Metro, today restored some of the bus service it was forced to cut March 30 due to budget shortfalls.The return of those bus lines comes as Metro takes advantage of a one-time $12 million appropriation from the state legislature. MetroLink ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Proposal Calls for Super Fast Train Connecting St. Louis to Chicago; Speeds Up to 220 m.p.h.

    midwesthsr.orgBecause no one can ever get enough news from Progressive Railroading (a.k.a. "The Rail Professionals' Information Source"), I share with you an article from last week's issue. It's about a proposed, high-speed train connecting St. Louis to Chicago. Unlike a proposal in April that calle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Rep. Russ Carnahan Files Legislation to Aid St. Louis Transit Agency Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis) filed a bill in Congress yesterday that would allow public transit agencies such as Metro to use federal transit funding for day-to-day operating expenses. Under current law, transit systems located in areas with more than 200,00 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    St. Louis to Chicago in Under Four Hours By Train

    It may be possible in the not-too-distant future. Yesterday President Barack Obama unveiled plans for a high-speed rail network throughout the United States. A Midwestern route -- with a hub based in Chicago -- could go online in 2012 connecting the Windy City with Milwaukee and Detroit. Another lin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Shoe Bomb Joke Lands St. Louis DJ in Jail

    This is why you don't talk about shoe bombs on airplanes. Michael Shafermeyer, aka DJ Helias of the local music collective The Frozen Food Section, was reportedly leaving Lambert Field on Monday to attend his wedding in Maryland when he made a joke about having a shoe bomb to a United Airlines ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    St. Louis Gets a Grand Central Station (Sort Of)

    On Friday nights or Saturday mornings in the wee small hours, you can usually find me down at the Amshack on 16th Street waiting for the late train from Chicago. Or, rather, waiting for one particular passenger to alight from said train. It's not an especially pleasant place to pass the time: It's c ... More >>

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    March 12, 2008
  • News

    May 3, 2006

    Pay Up!

    Metro wants Claire McCaskill to foot the auditing bill

  • News

    November 10, 2004

    Death and Taxis

    Minority cab companies doing business with the airport may face extinction

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Public Works Project

    MetroLink Expansion

  • News

    April 14, 2004


    Week of April 14, 2004

  • News

    March 17, 2004

    Uneasy Street

    How many Metro employees does it take to screw in a streetlamp?

  • News

    February 25, 2004

    Cash Landing

    With bills coming due at Lambert, St. Louis considers drastic change

  • News

    October 8, 2003


    Week of October 8, 2003

  • News

    September 10, 2003


    Lambert's billion-dollar expansion hangs on a wing and a prayer: The numbers no longer add up

  • News

    February 5, 2003

    White-Trash Junction

    Amtrak's station was supposed to be temporary -- a quarter-century ago

  • News

    November 27, 2002

    Cab Fair

    A new taxi commission sets up shop but is already mired in Lambert Field mud

  • News

    April 17, 2002

    Golden Rails

    Sure, MetroLink's expensive -- so's your Lincoln Navigator

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Places to Watch a Play

    Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

  • News

    August 15, 2001

    Something Has to Give

    Bi-State prepares to cut suburban routes that, by all logic, should have been packed

  • News

    July 4, 2001

    The Transit Authority

    Bi-State is losing riders and money. Mike McGrath, who has driven a bus for more than a year, thinks he knows what's wrong.

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000
  • News

    June 7, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Published the week of June 7

  • News

    May 24, 2000

    St. Louisans, Start Your Engines

    Missouri again thumbs its nose at the area's mass-transit needs

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    March 29, 2000
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    June 30, 1999
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    June 16, 1999
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