Crush Capacity or Nearly Empty: Demographics and MetroBus Utilization
From 2008 to 2009, Metro, the Saint Louis public transportation agency, began making service cuts to its bus system (MetroBus), mostly in Saint Louis County. The cuts were deemed necessary because declining income from county taxpayers and rising operations costs had created a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall. Metro planned to reduce MetroBus service by 43 percent, MetroLink service by 32 percent, and paratransit (Call-A-Ride) service by 15 percent.
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