ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Metro Transit has announced plans to improve 124 MetroBus stops in the City of St. Louis.
In a press release, Metro said the improvements will provide new or better access for customers with disabilities. The work at each stop will include a number of amenities, depending on location. Those amenities may include new benches, signage with Braille plates, concrete pads for bus-deployed wheel chair ramps and accessible sidewalks and curb ramps.
Work on the first group of bus stops will begin Monday. Locations include:
--Eastbound Loughborough Ave. at Loughborough Dr. (Route #8 Bates Morganford)
--Westbound Chippewa at Lawn (Route #11 Chippewa)
--Northbound Jefferson at Lafayette (Route #11 Chippewa)
--Westbound Chippewa at Hampton (Route #11 Chippewa)
--Northbound Southwest at McCausland (Route #16 City Limits)
--Southbound Weil at Weil (River DesPeres) (Route #17 Oakville)
--Westbound Oakland at Kingshighway (Route #59 Shaw)
--Westbound Oakland at SLUH (Route #59 Shaw)
--Northbound Alabama at Marceau (Route #73 Carondelet)
--Southbound Hampton at Wilson (Route #90 Hampton)
--Northbound Hampton at Wilson (Route #90 Hampton)
--Northbound Hampton at Chippewa (Route #90 Hampton)
Although work will be ongoing at the stops listed above, Metro wants to ensure customers who use the stops that they will still be served. In order to avoid injury or inconvenience, customers are suggested to wait on either side of the bus stop.
Thirty-eight MetroBus stops located along the Missouri Department of Transportation Right of Way will also undergo improvements as part of this project. Metro said the cost of the entire project is $600,000 and all work should be completed by late spring of 2013. The money for the project was obtained through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration New Freedom Program. The purpose of the programs is to help disabled Americans.