St. Louis' gain is Portland's loss. After twenty years running the City of Roses, Portland's old-timey streetcars are moving to St. Louis as part of a ten-year lease deal, according to KGW News in Portland.
St. Louis took longer than most cities to abandon the streetcar, finally choosing buses and cars over trams in 1966. But streetcars are making a comeback, and we don't just mean in the Loop. As more people move into cities and look for public-transit options, Kansas City, Seattle, San Antonio, Port ... More >>
St. Louis has survived another night of pantsless revelry on the MetroLink. Tuesday marked the fourth annual No Pants MetroLink Ride, a purposefully pantsless romp on public transportation adopted by STL Improv Anywhere after similar events in New York.
If you've ever gotten onto the MetroLink, looked around and thought to yourself, "I wish there were more bare bottoms in here," this is your week. STL Improv Anywhere's fourth annual No Pants Metrolink Ride is Tuesday, promising dozens of pantsless riders flooding St. Louis' public transit and conf ... More >>
Are St. Louis Metro commuters going to have to find a different way to get around? Members of the Local 788 of the Amalgamated Transit Union -- which represents 1,200 bus operators, MetroLink drivers, mechanics and clerical workers -- overwhelmingly voted this week to authorize a strike amid increas ... More >>
Imani Shakoor, 21, allegedly stole a woman's iPhone right from her hands while she was riding on the MetroLink. Unfortunately for him, he was not able to get away fast enough -- and the victim was not going to let her smartphone go without a fight. Police say in trying to get her phone back, she c ... More >>
In the end, Metro admits it screwed up. The St. Louis public transit agency should never have removed advertisements from its buses for this month's gay pride festival, PrideFest 2012.It was unclear yesterday just how many Pride St. Louis advertisements disappeared from Metro buses this week after a ... More >>
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>
The federal government has declined to pursue a whistleblower lawsuit against MetroLink on behalf of an employee of the transit agency. As KMOX reports this morning, Eric Fields, an engineer for Metro, filed a lawsuit last October claiming that the light-rail line had serious construction defects ma ... More >>
Who knew so many St. Louis households depended on one of these?The Brookings Institution is out with a study looking at the public transportation access within America's biggest cities, and St. Louis is near the bottom of the list. According to Brookings, 82 percent of area residents without a ca ... More >>
MATRA's goals include the creation of a citizen's alliance board to give input on local bus routes.Right now, Edward Williams Jr. is taking the bus. All around him are the signs and sounds of a ride that is not going ideally: He is late, and apologetic error messages are coming from a robotic ... More >>
break.comJust like the Loop and Galleria troublemakers, this guy probably didn't pay his fare either!In 2008 Riverfront Times (and yours truly) took a lot of flack for a story examining the role MetroLink may play as a conduit to crime. At the time, the Galleria shopping mall and the Delmar Loop ... More >>
KMOV-TV (Channel 4) is the latest media outlet to report concerns from Delmar Loop store owners that rowdy teens are venturing into the entertainment district by way of MetroLink. The station says a MetroLink security guard told their reporter off-camera that it's "overwhelming" when as many as 60 t ... More >>
The P-D editorial page once accused RFT of giving credence to "thinly concealed racist sentiments" -- for a view now echoed on its own front page.Don't look now, but the Post-Dispatch has done the unthinkable! They've linked crime and hooliganism in the Delmar Loop to MetroLink! It's right there ... More >>
Today's comment comes in response to a post about a Post-Dispatch article today that reported how some business owners and patrons in the Loop blame MetroLink for the influx of teenagers causing trouble in the district. When Riverfront Times reported a similar story three years ago, the Post-Dispatc ... More >>
Tunrstiles work just fine at San Francisco's BART, but then, that's a heavy rail systemOne argument wielded by Proposition A opponents of hiking the St. Louis County sales tax a half cent to restore and expand Metro transit services is that there's too many f ... More >>
Chesterfield Mayor John Nations, the man leading the charge for Proposition A campaign, spelled out the dire consequences that could befall the entire metropolitan region if the transit tax fails to get a thumbs-up from St. Louis County voters next month. "If it is defeated," warned N ... More >>
Would MetroLink expansion be worth the cost, or just another, well, trainwreck?The conservative think tank Show-Me Institute dispatched an op-ed column to local media on Friday blasting Metro's plans to expand light-rail in the region. Coincidentally (or not), Friday was also the day Metro presen ... More >>
But before answering that titular query you might be wondering, "What the heck is the no pants subway ride?"Excellent question. It's quite simple really: a group of hundreds of people (or in New York, thousands) rides the mass transit sans trousers. Confused onlookers gawk and gape and hem and haw. ... More >>
It started last year as a joke. Two devoted MetroLink fans -- Liz Kramer and Claire Nowak-Boyd -- wanted to do something special to show their support for Proposition M, the ballot measure that would provide the light-rail system with tens of million of dollars in additional funding. Their idea? ... More >>
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 >>
Photo: Nick LucchesiThe 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 >>
flickr.com/photos/stlphotobloggerU.S. 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 >>
The advocacy group Metropolitan Area Transit Riders Alliance of St. Louis (MATRA-STL) recently launched a website drawing attention to its mission of bringing much-needed funding to Metro. As MATRA founder Edward Williams writes: We will fight for the public transit need of all citizens of the ... More >>
Transit chief Larry Salci knows he has his critics. Ask him if he cares.
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Has the MetroLink expansion unearthed a rodent invasion?
Week of April 14, 2004
In the race to return streetcars to St. Louis, Lacy Clay and Joe Edwards chart two very different courses
Sure, MetroLink's expensive -- so's your Lincoln Navigator
Is UM-St. Louis to blame for Bi-State's failure to build a much-needed garage?
Bi-State prepares to cut suburban routes that, by all logic, should have been packed
Week of July 11, 2001
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.
Published the week of June 7
Missouri again thumbs its nose at the area's mass-transit needs