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Construction Begins for Metro's Transit Center

Metro in St. Louis broke ground July 22 for a new transit center in Ferguson, a town in north St. Louis County. According to the agency, this region accounts for 19 percent of its bus and light rail ridership and is among its fastest-growing markets for public transit.

Speakers at the event included Metro President & Chief Executive Officer John Nations; Ray Friem, Metro chief operating officer for transit services; David Dietzel, chairman of the board of commissioners; FTA Region 7 Administrator Mokhtee Ahmad; Ferguson Mayor James W. Knowles III; and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

During the first phase of construction, Metro will renovate the current building on the property—a former auto dealership—to incorporate an indoor, climate-controlled passenger waiting area with digital messaging boards showing bus arrival times, as well as public restrooms and concessions. The site will also house 10 MetroBus bays, two bays for Call-A-Ride demand-response service, and a park-and-ride lot. Metro plans to open the facility in fall 2015.

Metro noted that it must secure federal funding before moving forward on the second phase of the project, construction of a new maintenance facility. This building will accommodate 70 MetroBus vehicles and 25 Call-A-Ride vans, along with 13 repair bays and an on-site vehicle dispatch center.

Passengers using the Metro North County Transit Center will have direct access to downtown St. Louis, the North Hanley MetroLink light rail station, and other regional destinations.

St. Louis Metro President & Chief Executive Officer John Nations, left, and FTA Region 7 Administrator Mokhtee Ahmad, third from left, join other agency and municipal officials at groundbreaking ceremonies for Metro’s North County Transit Center.

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