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Metro suspending 4 bus routes starting Monday

Four routes will be suspended due to low ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic, and four others will now only be serviced by Metro Call-A-Ride vans

ST. LOUIS — Four Metro bus routes will be suspended starting Monday as Metro Transit adjusts its service schedule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The routes primarily serve businesses that are temporarily closed, and have seen "significantly low ridership numbers during the COVID-19 crisis," Metro Transit said in a statement.

The following routes will be suspended:

  • No. 1 Gold,
  • No. 5 Green,
  • No. 17 Mackenzie, and
  • No. 59 Oakland.

Several other routes that have seen low ridership will also now be only supported by Metro Call-A-Ride vans:

  • No. 56 Kirkwood-Webster,
  • No. Patterson-Redman,
  • No.  Christian Hospital, and
  • No. 174X Halls Ferry Express.

Ridership on Metro Transit was down nearly 40% two days the week of March 16 compared with "baseline" figures, according to the St. Louis Business Journal.

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"Transit ridership remains stronger on some of Metro’s busiest bus routes, while others that serve businesses and schools that have temporarily closed carried fewer passengers in past weeks," a Metro Transit press release said. "As a result, Metro is shifting its available personnel and transit vehicles in response to this fluid situation."

The new adjustments add to previous adjustments that were made March 23. For more information on all the changes, click here.

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