I missed the news about this line when some bus routes were temporarily restored but as part of Metro’s Partial Service Restoration Plan includes a circulator bus downtown.
The route does a loop through the central business district along 4th & Broadway as well as a stretch both ways along Washington Ave.Â At Tucker it drops down to make a stop at the Civic Center transit center (bus, light rail, Greyhound, Amtrak). Frequency ranges from 10-20 minutes depending upon the day of the week and the time of day.Â During normal working hours the buses run every 10 minutes.Â The route takes riders past two MetroLink light rail stations.
The other big news is Metro routes are now available for viewing on Google Maps!Â The default setting is by car but you can request routes by foot or by transit.Â I’ve tested a few trips and it did a great job and included departure times for both bus and light rail trains.Â From my downtown loft to The Tivoli theater on Delmar it gave me three route choices — one bus and two light rail.Â The bus is the most direct and includes the least walking, I can see the stop where I’d board from my balcony.
For more info on routes and schedules see http://MetroSTL.org.
- Steve Patterson