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Cost of Express Bus Service from Chesterfield to City: $35 Million

The price tag could be higher, the Post-Dispatch reports.

As Patch reported on Friday, a coalition of St. Louis-area planning and transportation agencies is considering a plan to build two express bus lines from downtown St. Louis into parts of St. Louis County.

Choices for those lines include two routes into north county, a route to the Chesterfield Mall and another route to Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on the story on Tuesday and turned up some information we weren't able to get for our story last week: The price tag for each line that's eventually built will be $35 million to $40 million.

That price would include such improvements as new buses, with branding separate from existing Metro buses; the ability to give buses signal priority on city streets; dedicated bus stations; and park-and-ride lots at some stations.

The routes under consideration start and end at the Civic Center Station in downtown St. Louis and would go:
  • To and from the Chesterfield Mall along Highway 40.
  • To and from Westport Plaza along Page Avenue.
  • To and from the North County Transfer Center along Natural Bridge, Lucas and Hunt, and West Florissant.
  • To and from the North County Transfer Center along I-70, Riverview and Halls Ferry Road.
The newspaper reported that the bus stations would include real-time updates for arriving buses and possibility of dedicated traffic lanes for the buses during certain times of day.

Officials have said the routes, which would be paid with federal grant money, would benefit businesses in the communities that depend on low-paid workers who typically commute in for jobs in health care, retail and other service businesses.
Rob September 04, 2013 at 08:42 PM
$35 Million seems like a lot of money for this. Is there any data on how many people would utilize this transportation?
Mike T. September 05, 2013 at 09:55 AM
And why Chesterfield Mall? The added traffic would be nice for the mall, but at this point I would think a more logical idea would be a route that stopped at CM, then continued West to the Taubman Outlet Mall, then across to the main shopping area (a stop by Lowe's?) and then on down to the Prestige Outlets, then reversing the route circling back East to the Civic Center. The new outlet malls are probably more of a draw for riders than CM would be.
Kurt Greenbaum September 05, 2013 at 10:00 AM
I don't know for sure yet, but it's a good question. My suspicion is that the mall serves as a "depot" of sorts and from there, people could take other local routes to specific work sites.

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