Metro, the region’s public transit system uses buses, light rail trains and vans to connect North St. Louis County with all other sections of the metropolitan area. North St. Louis County has the second highest ridership in the St. Louis metro region and has the fastest growing number of riders in the area. Seven MetroLink station are located in North County and provide transit to many of the entertainment and major attraction venues in St. Louis City, as well as the Airport. From many of the MetroLink stations you can hop on the MetroBus and continue to your office. Planning is underway for a new North County transit hub to be built off of Interstate 270, along with the addition of a Bus Rapid Transit line along West Florissant Road, making resident’s commutes even shorter.
MetroLink is the light rail transit system in the Greater St. Louis area of Missouri and the Metro East area of Illinois. The system consists of two lines (Red Line and Blue Line) connecting Lambert-St. Louis Interna-tional Airport in North County and Shrewsbury, MO with Scott Air Force Base near Shiloh, Illinois through downtown St. Louis. The light rail system features 37 stations and boards an average of 53,000 people each weekday. The Red Line cuts through the heart of North County beginning at Lambert with 7 stops including 2 at UMSL and extending through Downtown to it’s terminus in Shiloh, IL. A second line, the “Cross-County Extension”, known as the Blue Line, is an 8-mile (13 km), nine-station line connecting Washington University, the City of Clayton, Saint Louis Galleria shopping center, and Shrewsbury to the system.
MetroBus is the public bus service covering more than 500 square miles of the Greater St. Louis Region. Seventy-five bus routes travel through four counties in Missouri and Illinois, including the City of St. Louis. MetroBus service operates daily and averages more than 92,000 daily boardings each weekday. The capacity of the system can accommodate 25,000 additional passengers during peak hours and the daily capacity of the system could accommodate 115,000 additional boardings in all hours. The Metro system connects North St. Louis County with all other sections of the metropolitan area and with the MetroLink system. Metro Call-A-Ride is an on-demand, curb-to-curb van service designed to provide public transit options for those physically unable to use MetroBus or MetroLink. Together MetroLink, MetroBus and Metro Call-A-Ride provide a broad range of transit options for the entire region. In their last fiscal year, Metro recorded more than 47 million times that someone boarded a Metro bus, train or van.