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Metro suspends four bus routes as ridership falls

ST. LOUIS – Metro Transit is suspending service on four of its MetroBus routes as of Monday, March 30, because of falling ridership during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis.

The four routes affected are the No. 1 Gold; No. 5 Green; No. 17 Mackenzie; and No. 59 Oakland.

Four other routes that are experiencing low ridership will still run, with support from Metro Call-A-Ride vans. These routes are the No. 56 Kirkwood-Webster; No. 71 Patterson-Redman; No. 75 Christian Hospital; and No. 174X Halls Ferry Express.

Metro said Sunday on its website: “Over the past two weeks, ridership across most MetroBus routes and MetroLink has fallen due to the COVID-19 crisis. … Metro is shifting its available personnel and transit vehicles in response to this fluid situation.”

On March 23, Metro changed weekday service to modified weekend schedules, with fewer buses and reduced hours.

Information on current schedules and procedures is available at

Metro also told riders: “If you need assistance, please contact Metro Transit Information for schedule and trip-planning support. Metro Transit Information is available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. by text at 314-207-9786 and by phone at 314-231-2345.”

Metro also closed its Transit Access Center, 317 DeBaliviere Ave., and its MetroStore, 801 Pine St. Customers can still get information remotely, however.

“To reach the Transit Access Center, call 314-982-1510 or email For MetroStore, call 314-982-1495 or email,” Metro said.

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