Tuesday, November 29, 2005


If Bi-State really wanted to attract young riders, they would put some nice rims, perhaps spinners, on the bus. That would be so pimperish.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My car has been in the shop for a week, so I've had the opportunity to rely solely on public transportation in St. Louis for the first time in a long time. Bi-state could attract more riders if it did a better job of evaluating the needs of each route. In one week's time, I twice saw a bus fill to capacity without accommodating all of the people waiting at the stop, meaning some of us were left waiting for the next bus. This probably will prevent me from continuing to take public transportation to work after I get my car back (which I had been considering before I saw this happen the second time).
Also, I have noticed that there are very few attractive people riding the bus. I don't know what that means or how it could be changed; it's just an observation I've made. Metrolink ridership--although it isn't winning any beauty prizes any time soon--is a much more attractive group.

P Bu

4:58 PM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

Well, yeah, there are the practical improvements. Like putting schedules at the stop, having an interactive website circa 1999. Having busses actually stop when there are people waiting.

But I say, put in vending machines, some tunes, shoe shines. Nice custom paint jobs. There were public busses in Mexico that were custom. They were a bit junkier than I would like to see, but most of my friend's drive junky cars.

6:33 PM  
Anonymous kopper said...

I ride the bus to work every winter. I don't know what routes you're talking about, Steve, but the one I take (the 30 Soulard bus downtown) is never lacking for young riders (usually on their way to school, or the north side, or both). And they're usually very obnoxious kids, too, I might add. And I thought I had a dirty mouth... ;)

My only real complaint with MetroBus has been buses that run AHEAD of schedule, so you sometimes find yourself walking to the bus stop (allowing plenty of time to get there on time) and see the bus whizz right on by when you're less than a block away. THAT is aggravating.

And for the most part, the buses I take are only about half full. Sometimes the 5:00 on the way home can get crowded, but I've never had an experience where I couldn't get on or had to wait for the next bus, nor have I ever seen this happen on any of the stops. But then again, I've only taken the 30...

9:12 AM  
Blogger Steven Fitzpatrick Smith said...

There are plenty of youth riders for sure. I am just havin' fun. Of course marketing people always look for ways to get "the kids into the mix". Bus rims are still cool. You have to be on your toes, for if you read the paper at the bus stop the #30 will blow right by.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Doc said...

I have been riding Metro to-and-from work for 4 years now. Honestly, I have very few complaints. It's almost always on time, it's relatively clean, and for a city the size of STL, it'll pretty much take you anywhere. The route I take is moderately full in the morning, but passes by 2 high schools on my way home, and it can be pretty full in the PM -- and the majority of riders at that time are 18 and under. Most of the drivers I've had are fairly nice. But the guy who picks me up in the AM is a jerk. Comparing Metro to the other mass transit systems I've used extensively (BART and MUNI in San Francisco), Metro comes out on top. As for Metro asthetics... it's too expensive to have it professionally done, and STL is way too conservative to have local artists do anything with the buses.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Umar Lee said...

maybe they should start running on time and going where people need to go and that would attract new riders

2:10 PM  

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