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Metro Says Transit Study Doesn’t Tell Real Story

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Metro says a recent study that claims over 14,500 area residents who don’t have cars, also don’t have easy access to transit, is misleading.

According to the Brookings Institution study, nearly 18% of area residents who don’t have cars, also don’t live within three-quarters of a mile of a bus stop or train station.

Metro Spokeswoman Dianne Williams says the problem with the numbers is that the Brookings study takes in an area stretching from Hermann to Carlyle Lake, “They are right, we don’t go to Carlyle, we don’t go to Belgrade, we’re not in Carlinville, but the area we serve we serve well.” 

Williams says in their service area, Metro’s coverage for those without cars is nearly 100%. 

Brookings Senior Analyst Adie Tomer says that all of those without vehicles who also don’t have nearby transit, are outside the urban core, “The no-vehicle households in the city of St. Louis have full transit coverage, so every single one of them has the opportunity to get on the bus or the train.”

Williams says that full coverage is also available throughout St. Louis and St. Clair Counties, Metro’s primary service areas.

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