GRANITE CITY — In an effort to provide access to nearly 2,000 jobs for Madison County residents, the Madison County Transit Board of Trustees approved a new bus route to Lakeview Commerce Center at its regular board meeting Thursday morning. Located at the intersection of Illinois 111 and New Poag Road in Edwardsville, Lakeview Commerce Center is home to multiple large-scale distribution facilities, including one of two new Amazon Fulfillment Centers, as well as WorldWide Technologies and Spectrum Brands.
The new route, which takes effect Monday, will provide direct service to these employment centers from a nearby transfer point at Liberty and Chain of Rocks Road. Here, the shuttle connects to three other MCT routes, the No. 4, 6 and 20, offering timed transfers to the Tri-Cities, the Riverbend and the Edwardsville areas.
“Where else in our region can you find employers adding thousands of new jobs to the workforce?” Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan said. “I am proud that Madison County is a place where job creators choose to locate and am pleased that MCT will be bringing our residents to jobs at these facilities.”
In addition to new bus service, MCT staff will work closely with employers to develop carpools and vanpools through the RideFinders program. MCT has operated RideFinders, the St. Louis region’s free rideshare program, since 1994. With shift times extending into the early hours of the morning when transit is not available, carpooling and vanpooling are viable alternatives.
“Providing access to employment is one of MCT’s primary objectives,” MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane said. “I want to thank Chairman Dunstan for helping to facilitate discussions between Amazon and MCT staff, and I applaud the quick action of the MCT Board in approving this new shuttle.”
MCT also provides service to nearby Gateway Commerce Center, home to approximately 5,000 full and part-time positions. MCT bus service was extended to the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Gateway earlier this month.
Route and schedule information for the new Lakeview Shuttle have been distributed to bus riders and employees. Timetables are available at MCT Stations, on MCT buses and at locations throughout Madison County. For details about MCT services, call (618) 797-INFO (4636), visit mct.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.