Metro is currently busy upgrading many bus stops in St. Louis City and County to ADA compliance. You may have noticed some changes in to your neighborhood bus stops:
Metro partnered with Paraquad for input and reviewed customer complaints, along with the criteria listed in the link above, to decide which stops would be addressed first.
“Enhancements” are different depending on the location of each stop, but include:
- Creating the concrete “landing pad” for boarding the bus
- Adding a concrete pad for a bench
- Correcting the slope of adjacent sidewalks
- Adding missing accessible curb ramps
In some cases, improvements included fixing sidewalks that were, as the planners put it, in “deplorable” condition – even if those sidewalks don’t technically belong to Metro. Fixing the sidewalks was sometimes the only way to get the slope down to ADA compliance.
Metro planners developed criteria to help prioritize which stops needed help first; factors included:
- Number of customers using the stop
- Whether the stop was a transfer point (a place where you can get off one bus and catch another)
- Whether ADA-compliance was technically possible at a stop
- Who the stop serves
- Condition of adjacent sidewalks
Next phase in the bus enhancement program will include installing benches and beginning work on more stops throughout the Missouri St. Louis area.
If you have a bus stop that you would like put up for consideration now or at a later time, please email them (with intersections and side of street please!) to email@example.com.