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St. Louis, MO (KTRS) - Metro is inviting the public to a series of meeting and hearings on a fare increase proposal that would take effect in July.
 
The meetings will be held between March 25-27 in St. Louis city, St. Louis county, and East St. Louis. Metro introduced three fare increase options that would all increase operating revenue more than $2 million next year. The public meetings will have an open house format with no formal presentations, while the hearing will have a formal presentation and a public comment session. 
 
Comments on the proposed fare increases can also be made by calling 314-982-1422 or email fareincrease2014@metrostlouis.org.
 
Public meetings:
Tuesday, March 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
St. Louis City Hall, 1200 Market St., St. Louis, Mo.
 
Wednesday, March 26, 4-6 p.m.
East St. Louis City Hall, 301 River Park Dr., East St. Louis, Ill.
 
Thursday, March 27, 4-6 p.m.
St. Louis County Government Center, second floor, 41 South Central, Clayton, Mo.
 
Public Hearing:
Tuesday, April 1, 5-7 p.m.
Metro Headquarters, 707 N. First St., St. Louis, Mo.
 
The three options for a fare increase are below:
 
Option 1 increases MetroLink one-ride fare from $2.25 to $2.50 (+$0.25); weekly pass from $25 to $26 (+$1); monthly pass from $72 to $80 (+$8) and semester pass from $150 to $165 (+$15).

 

Option 2 increases MetroLink one-ride fare from $2.25 to $2.50 (+$0.25): weekly pass from $25 to $27 (+$2); monthly pass from $72 to $78 (+$6) and semester pass from $150 to $175 (+$25).

 

Option 3 would not change the MetroLink one-ride fare; weekly pass from $25 to $28 (+$3); monthly pass from $72 to $80 (+$8) and semester pass from $150 to $175 (+$25).

 
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis-area woman has pleaded guilty to a scheme that cheated victims out of more than $80,000.

Sentencing is Jan. 9 for 46-year-old Theresa Moore, who pleaded guilty Wednesday to four felony fraud charges in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

Federal prosecutors say Moore used aliases and claimed she worked in law enforcement or the legal profession as part of her scam. One victim was an elderly widower whom Moore convinced was the victim of identity theft. The man paid her more than $60,000 after Moore convinced him he would receive money as part of a legal settlement.

Authorities say an associate of Moore posed as a police detective to aid Moore in another scheme that cost the victim $20,000.

 

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Friday, 23 August 2013 15:25

Metro to resume talks with union members

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The agency that operates mass transit services in the St. Louis area will resume contract talks with a labor union on Sept. 9.

The plan to renew talks with Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788 was announced Thursday by Bi-State Development Agency president and CEO John Nations. The union represents operators of St. Louis Metro bus and the light rail MetroLink, along with mechanics and some clerical staff.

Tens of thousands of commuters use Metro buses and MetroLink trains every day in the St. Louis region.

Nations says the union has assured him there will be no work stoppages before the two sides return to the negotiating table.

 

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The Metro workers union released a statement saying they are pleased with progress made by mediators.

The Local 788 is arguing that Metro should not be allowed to scrap the pension plan for current employees. Company officials were trying to transition the pension to a 401k for all employees, past, current, and future.

The mediators have also sided with the workers who are asking for a livable wage increase.

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Due to extensive storm damage, MetroBus currently is not able to serve the #34 Earth City route. 

Two MetroBus routes are impacted by flooding at this time: 

#61 Chambers 

#75 Lilac Hanley 

The following MetroBus routes in North St. Louis County are still impacted by power lines and trees down in the roadways. 

#35 Rock Road 

#36 Spanish Lake 

#44 Hazelwood 

#45 Ferguson Florissant 

#74 Florissant 

#75 Lilac Hanley 

There are still service disruptions, delays and multiple reroutes on several of these routes. 

MetroLink is on time. There are no delays. Trains are running on schedule.  Metro Call-A-Ride is operating normal service. 

 
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Cyclists and drivers in St. Louis are being asked to do their part to make our roads safer.  

Monday morning local leaders kicked off the "Safe Roads for All" initiative. It's a call for drivers and cyclists to follow the rules of the road. 

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says St. Louis ranks 2nd in the state when it comes to cycling-related deaths.

It was a year ago when Susan Scott's son Sam was killed while riding his bicycle. "He was killed by a drunk driver february 2012 coming home from work...it was his main mode of transport."

Sam is among many millenials, young people 25-35 years old, who choose  to use their bicycle as their main mode of transportation. The safe roads initiative is a cooperative effort by the people at Trailnet, MODOT, METRO and city police.

 Ann Mack, CEO of Trailnet; Ed Hassinger, MoDOT's District Engineer for St. Louis region; John Nations, President & CEO of Bi-State Development Agency – the parent company of Metro Transit; Chief Sam Dotson, Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis and mother Susan Scott,  whose son was hit and killed by a drunk driver last year while commuting on his bicycle all stressed the need for cyclists and pedestrians need to understand that they have primary responsibility for their own safety. They said the  motoring public also has a responsibility to share the road in a safe and courteous manner with these vulnerable road users.

 Trailnet and MoDOT then lead a group of cyclists on a safety ride downtown.  Metro Transit workers lead a group of pedestrians over to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station to take the train downtown. 

   

 
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Metro reports due to wires down, trees down and debris in roadways following last night's severe weather, especially in the North St. Louis County area, the following MetroBus routes are being rerouted until further notice:

#44 Hazelwood

#45 Ferguson Florissant

#4174 New Halls Ferry Express 

Metro says they are unable to serve the Patterson/Lindbergh area at this time. "We ask our MetroBus customers to be patient and allow extra time for their commutes this morning as the situation no doubt will keep changing with regard to streets being opened and closed. Customers should use extreme care in walking to their bus stops in the areas where storm damage was heavy."   

Metro Call-A-Ride: Customers will be contacted if Metro Call-A-Ride vans do not have access to their streets. 

MetroLink: Normal service this morning. Trains are running on time.

 

 

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