GRANITE CITY — With the announcement this morning of construction on the Poplar Street Bridge and upcoming lane closures on the Martin Luther King Bridge, Madison County Transit (MCT) is urging St. Louis area commuters to consider using public transportation or ridesharing, as a way of reducing regional traffic congestion, simplifying their commute, saving money and improving air quality. MCT’s services for commuters to St. Louis are summarized below:
MCT Express Bus Service
MCT provides a total of 40 express bus trips from 16 Madison County communities every weekday to and from Downtown St. Louis. These trips also connect to MetroLink stations, creating a seamless connection to destinations throughout the St. Louis region. Passengers can ride MCT Express buses for an entire calendar month with the $60 MCT System Pass. To find an MCT Express route, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit mct.org or call (618) 797-4636. “Operating buses gives us the flexibility to adjust our routing on the interstates as needed to avoid congestion in the rush hours,” said Jerry Kane, MCT managing director. “This dynamic approach helps us to ensure that we bring commuters to and from work as efficiently as possible.”
RideFinders Carpool and Vanpool Service
MCT also operates RideFinders, the carpool, vanpool program for the nine-county St. Louis region. RideFinders helps commuters find individuals to ride with, through a free online ride-matching service. By working with nearly 1,000 St. Louis area employers, RideFinders has accumulated more than 9,000 commuters in its rideshare database. Registered carpoolers and vanpoolers are eligible for benefits such as the Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program, which provides four free taxi rides home a year, in case of emergency. To find a carpool or vanpool, or speak to a RideFinders representative, e-mail email@example.com, visit www.ridefinders.org or call 1-800-VIP-RIDE.
“By decreasing the number of cars on the road, reducing harmful vehicle emissions and providing incentives for commuters to ride together, RideFinders benefits individuals, employers and the region,” said SJ Morrison, director of marketing and planning. “I encourage employers to contact us if they want to know more about RideFinders or would like a representative to come and speak with their staff.”