Protests interrupt bus service

FERGUSON, Mo. – Some Ferguson residents say public transportation hasn't been reliable following the death of Mike Brown and the protest.

Christianna McCuller, who works in downtown St. Louis, uses the West Florissant bus to get to work. She said because of the difficulty getting to work, she fears losing her job.

"They can't get through. I am getting a hard time from my job because I can't get to work on time," she said. "I have had to call off because we don't know ahead of time what is going to happen day-by-day."

Every other night, MetroBus has been forced to reroute on West Florissant Avenue between Chambers and Lucas and Hunt between 5:30 p.m. and the end of service. Northbound customers were encouraged to board either at Lucas and Hunt Road or north of Chambers. Southbound customers had the option to board either at Parnello Drive or Lucas and Hunt Road.

"We are constantly monitoring the #74 and are putting in reroutes as needed," Metro Spokesperson Patti Beck said. "And have been doing that since Aug. 9."

But taking things day by day is even exhausting for the children. McCuller's son, Harold Jennings Jr., said

"I be scared for my sisters because I gotta walk them past that too just so they can get to class," he said. "I just want peace. And I just want all of this to stop."

Meanwhile, Beck said riders can also check on the status of the #74 MetroBus route through social media on Twitter and Facebook at @STLMetro. Tweets are sent when #74 goes on reroute and then back on its regular route.


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