In what cycling enthusiasts are calling "the most important victory for bicycling in Missouri in 10 years -- and perhaps 100," an amendment cutting bicycles from potential transportation funding was defeated in a vote in the Missouri House on Tuesday.
The son of a 69-year-old deaf man robbed and assaulted last week at a MetroLink platform isn't sure which is worse: that there was no security around to prevent his father from being mugged in broad daylight or that bystanders at the Richmond Heights' station ignored his father's pleas following the ... More >>
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 >>
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.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released new information on the accidents and arrests that took place during the Fourth of July holiday weekend across the state with a report showing that seventeen people died in traffic crashes this year -- and hundreds were arrested for drunk driving. The h ... 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 >>
Last year the St. Louis-based Simon Law Firm filed six class-action lawsuits challenging the legality and constitutionality of red light cameras in Missouri. To date, the Simon lawyers are 0-3 in their quest to banish the cameras in a half-dozen municipalities. The latest defeat occurred last week w ... 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 >>
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 >>
The Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Commission announced today that TSA Pre, its passenger pre-screening program, will expand to more airports in 2012 -- including Lambert, a.k.a., TSA's Airport of the Year.TSA Pre allows passengers to provide information about the ... More >>
Representative Paul Wieland (R-Imperial) filed a bill in the Missouri House today that would regulate the use of "automated traffic enforcement systems," better known by most drivers as "those damn red light cameras."Spurred in part by a suspected computer glitch that sent collection letters to t ... More >>
TwitterLeish Hailey was not laughing yesterday at Lambert Field.Update 3 p.m. Leisha Hailey and her girlfriend, Camila Grey, released a statement today saying that they "were not making out" or creating any spectacle. "It was one modest kiss." The couple plans to file a formal complaint with the ... More >>
"I myself don't choose to be a third generation welfare mother. I want to work in the field that I'm trained in," says Dent.Tiama Dent is a single mother of two children and a graduate of the Illinois Department of Transportation's Highway Construction Preparatory Training program. The eight-w ... 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 >>
The 7100 block of Idaho, where an out-of-control vehicle from I-55 came to its deadly stop.File this one under devastating:A 17-month-old baby has died after an early morning accident July 4. Police say the driver of the car carrying Bella Houston lost control of her vehicle on I-55 near the Loug ... 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 >>
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 >>
Yes, the trolley will look like it was ripped from the pages of a children's book.Look for trolley buses to begin navigating their way through Forest Park this week as part of the latest effort to ease traffic congestion though St. Louis' "Crown Jewel." In addition to the trolleys, the park also ... More >>
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 >>
Wikimedia CommonsAccording to AAA, travel during this Memorial Day weekend is slated to be up five percent over last year. Personally, I decided to get out of town this weekend - in fact, I'm already in Cleveland visiting my parents and my boyfriend, while tying up loose ends for my RFT work ... More >>
Image sourceThe skies aren't so friendly anymore.And it wasn't even Annie! On a completely different Southwest flight last night, this one from Seattle to Lambert, a St. Louis man went batshit crazy and started pounding on the cockpit door. The plane had to be diverted for an emergency landin ... More >>
About 50 members of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots landed at the Four Seasons hotel this week for their annual convention. The society was founded in Las Vegas in 1978 to provide moral support for women in a heavily male-dominated field. (It still is; in the U.S., less than five p ... 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 >>
And it might sell some train tickets, too.
(Local synthrockers the Pragmatic are currently in Portugal playing the Optimus Alive 09 fest, which is one of the country's biggest events. The band is keeping a diary for us about its travels. Here's the first installment!) Its been a long trip but we made it. None of us could sleep very well o ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Wikimedia CommonsApparently people do very stupid things in March, which is why the month is home to about a dozen different prevention weeks. My favorite thus far is the following pearl I received yesterday from the State Emergency Management Agency. The department has dubbed March 16-20 as "Turn A ... More >>
At the risk of opening up another round of banter and hate surrounding my August 19 cover story, Blood on the Tracks, it's worth noting that the story recently found new life online at the New York Times.
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 >>
You may have had your fill of the Boeing vs. Northrop Grumman/European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) air force tanker brouhaha. But I don't recall reading as many specifics of Boeing's protest as former RFT staffer Mike Seely offers in a blog post at our sister paper Seattle Weekly. Seely sp ... More >>
Transit chief Larry Salci knows he has his critics. Ask him if he cares.
This Saturday, hop aboard St. Louis public transit for one incredible scavenger hunt
The Lambert Airport expansion
Has the MetroLink expansion unearthed a rodent invasion?
The Route 3 detour means wannabe Griswolds needn't set foot in East St. Louis
With bills coming due at Lambert, St. Louis considers drastic change
Eighth and Pine
Is UM-St. Louis to blame for Bi-State's failure to build a much-needed garage?
Published the week of June 7
Why TWA keeps losing money and how Carl Icahn keeps cashing in at the airline's expense