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Study: Metro Below Average in Providing Access to Region’s Jobs

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-A new study ranks Metro below average when it comes to the transit system’s ability to provide access to jobs in the region, but the agency says there’s a good reason for that.

The Brookings Institution study says Metro provides access to only 24% of the region’s jobs. The average of the top 100 metro areas is 30%.  Metro Spokeswoman Dianne Williams says the agency’s number is lower because the study takes in 16 counties, many of which are outside Metro’s reach, “There is transit in Madison County through Madison County Transit. St. Charles County has a little bit that connects to Metro. But there is no transit access to jobs in Warrenton, Jerseyville or Staunton, Illinois.” 

Williams says Metro provides access to 99% of  jobs in St. Louis City, 97% of jobs in St. Louis County and 92% percent of jobs in St. Clair County.

She says the agency is working with local leaders to expand into areas where jobs are growing, “That might be a community or county that doesn’t have transit but may be  thinking about it or thinking about adding Metro Transit to what it can offer its community. But we go to where the people have supported transit financially.”

Click here to see the Brookings Institution study.

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