MetroBus (St. Louis)
MetroBus is the public bus service for the Greater St. Louis Region connected with the MetroLink light rail system. It is managed by the Bi-State Development Agency
Bi-State Development Agency
The Bi-State Development Agency is an interstate compact formed by Missouri and Illinois in 1949. Since February 2003 the agency has been doing business as Metro. It operates with a budget of $160 million, which is funded by sales taxes from the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County, the St...

 and uses a shared fare system with the MetroLink rail.


Its service currently has 75 bus routes and service four counties in Missouri
Missouri is a US state located in the Midwestern United States, bordered by Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. With a 2010 population of 5,988,927, Missouri is the 18th most populous state in the nation and the fifth most populous in the Midwest. It...

 and Illinois
Illinois is the fifth-most populous state of the United States of America, and is often noted for being a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal,...

, including the City of St. Louis. MetroBus service operates daily and averages about 110,000 daily boardings, which is more than the MetroLink. The capacity of the system can accommodate 25,000 additional passengers during peak hours and the daily capacity of the system could most likely accommodate 115,000 additional boardings in all hours.


The Base adult fare for riding MetroBus is $2.00. A reduced fare of $1.00 is available to for customers with disabilites, seniors (people 65 years and over), and children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and under ride free. A Metro Multi-Use 2-Hour Transfer is $2.75 for adults and $1.35 for seniors, customers with disabilities, and children which can be used within 2 hours on either MetroBus or MetroLink.


Missouri Bus Routes
No. Name Notes
1 Gold This route is part of a contract with Washington University
Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis is a private research university located in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1853, and named for George Washington, the university has students and faculty from all fifty U.S. states and more than 110 nations...

2 Red This route is part of a contract with Washington University.
3 Forest Park Trolley This route runs entirely in Forest Park
Forest Park (St. Louis)
Forest Park is a public park located in western part of the city of St. Louis, Missouri. It is a prominent civic center and covers . The park, which opened in 1876 more than a decade after its proposal, has hosted several significant events, including the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 and...

4 Natural Bridge Travels from North Hanley Metrolink Station, follows Natural Bridge Avenue for the most part, ends at Civic Center MetroLink Station
8 Bates Morganford
10 Gravois Lindell Southern half of this route follows Gravois Ave from Hampton Loop to 14th and Spruce near Civic Center MetroLink Station
11 Chippewa Travels from Shrewsbury Station, east on Lansdowne Avenue, east on Chippewa, North on Jefferson Avenue
Jefferson Avenue (St. Louis)
Jefferson Avenue is a major, seven lane wide, north to south thoroughfare in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. For much of its run in south city Jefferson Avenue and Grand Boulevard take a parallel course, separated by about sixteen blocks...

, east on Market to 14th Street. Eventual endpoint is Civic Center Station. Southbound trips travel south on 14th, west on Chouteau Avenue, then south on Jefferson before reversing its route and returning to Shrewsbury Station.
13 Union Travels from Union at West. Florissant in North St. Louis down to Central West End Station.
14 Botanical Garden Continues route 13 through the Missouri Bontanical Garden.
16 City Limits
17 Oakville
18 Taylor
21 Watson Road Entire route once part of route 11
27 North County Shuttle
30 Soulard
32 M.L. King-Chouteau Continues route 57 along Manchester Avenue, through Downtown St. Louis, and along Martin Luther King Drive to Rock Road Station.
33 Dorsett-Lackland
34 Earth City Travels I-70 from North Hanley MetroLink Station to Earth City Expressway
35 Rock Road Now serves St. Louis Mills and North Hanley Station. End point is at Rock Road MetroLink Station.
36 Spanish Lake
40 Broadway
41 Lee
42 Sarah
44 Hazelwood Alternates with route 45 on some trips.
45 Ferguson-Florissant Alternates with route 44 on some trips. Parts of this route were once part of route 74.
46 Tesson Ferry Prior to the construction of the Blue MetroLink line, route 46 was part of route 47. Route 47 was split when the Blue Line was built. Blue Line replaced service on route 47 between Clayton MetroBus Center and Shrewsbury. Now it begins at Shrewsbury Station.
47 North Hanley Limited trips to Jamestown Mall in North St. Louis County. North terminus since 2007 has been Flower Valley Shopping Center at New Halls Ferry Road and North Lindbergh in Florissant.
48 South Lindbergh North Terminus is the Ballas Transfer Center.
49 North Lindbergh Route 49 used to be the largest route in the Metrolink System until the early 2000s when it was broken up into what is now part of routes 36, 44, 47, and 48. South Terminus is the Ballas Transfer Center.
56 Kirkwood-Webster
57 Maplewood-Wildwood Continues route 32.
58 Clayton Ballas As the name would imply, the endpoints are in Clayton (at the Clayton Transit Center) and at the Ballas Transit Center in Town and Country.
59 Dogtown A route that travels through the HiPointe and Dogtown Neighborhoods in St. Louis. Western terminus is Rock Hill Loop.
61 Chambers Starts at North Hanley Station. Follows Airport Road through Chambers Road. Ends at Riverview Transit Center.
64 Lucas Hunt
66 Clayton Airport South terminus is Clayton Transit Center. North termius is Village Square Shopping Center in Hazelwood.
70 Grand This route is Metro's busiest route, operating with 10-minute frequency between North Broadway Transit Center and Meramec Street due to the crowds that always form. Follows Grand Blvd
Grand Boulevard (St. Louis)
Grand Boulevard is a major, seven to five lane wide, north-south thoroughfare running through the center of St. Louis, Missouri. Grand runs north through Carondolet Park in the south of St. Louis to the Mississippi River north of McKinley Bridge, about midway between Forest Park and the Mississippi...

. North endpoint is North Broadway Transit Center in North St. Louis.
73 Carondelet The southern counterpart of route 74. Ends at South County Center
South County Center
South County Center is a shopping mall located in Mehlville, Missouri. It was opened in 1963 with JC Penney, Famous-Barr and Stix, Baer & Fuller as anchors....

74 Florissant Starts at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley. Ends at 14th and Spruce near the Civic Center Metrolink Station.
75 Lilac-Hanley Follows Dunn Road along I-270 in North St. Louis County.
80 Park-Shaw An East-west route that follows Park Avenue through the City passing through the Shaw Neighborhood.
90 Hampton Additional trips added during the spring and summer months to ease parking congestion in Forest Park.
91 Olive
94 Page Follows Page Avenue out towards Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights.
95 Kingshighway A North-South Route following Kingshighway in St. Louis. Passes by much of the Central West End and the east boundary of Forest Park.
97 Delmar
98 Chesterfield Hanley Generally travels between North Hanley Metrolink Station in Kinloch to St. Luke's Hospital in Town and Country.
99 Downtown Circulator The buses used for this route display "99 Downtown Trolley" and are painted to look like trolleys.
40X I-55 Express
57X Clayton Road Express
58X Twin Oaks Express
110 Affton
158 Ballas West County
174X Halls Ferry Express Limited service bus begins at Flower Valley Shopping Center in Florissant and the Robert A. Young Federal Building at 12th and Spruce.
210 Fenton-Gravois Bluffs
36X Bissell Hills Express
258 Clayton-Chesterfield
410X Eureka Express
Green Line


Illinois Bus Routes
No. Name Notes
1 Main St - State St This route runs from 5th & Missouri Station
5th & Missouri (St. Louis MetroLink)
5th & Missouri is a St. Louis MetroLink station located in East St. Louis, Illinois. The station features 322 Park-Ride spaces, including 25 long term spaces.-MetroBus:*1 Main Street-State St*2 Cahokia*4 Bond Ave-19th & Central...

 in East St. Louis to the Belleville Station
Belleville (St. Louis MetroLink)
-MetroBus:* 1 Main St - State St* 15 Lebanon Avenue* 16 St. Clair Square* 17 Carlyle Plaza-17th Street* 512X MetroLink Station Shuttle...

 in Bellevile.
2 Cahokia This bus route runs entirely in Cahokia, Illinois. It also services the St. Louis Downtown Airport
St. Louis Downtown Airport
St. Louis Downtown Airport is a public-use airport located in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, one mile east of the central business district of Cahokia, in St. Clair County, Illinois, United States. It is owned by the Bi-State Development Agency. The airport is located less than 3 miles from...

 and 5th & Missouri MetroLink Station.
4 19th & Central - ML King
6 Rosemont - Fairmont City
8 Alta Sita
9 Washington Park
12 O'Fallon Fairview Heights
13 Caseyville-Marybelle
14 Memorial Hospital Westfield Plaza
15 Belleville Shiloh Scott
16 St. Clair Square This route runs almost entirely on Illinois Route 159 from the MCT Collinsville
Collinsville, Illinois
Collinsville is a city located mainly in Madison County, and partially in St. Clair County, both in Illinois. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 26,016. Collinsville is approximately 12 miles from St. Louis, Missouri and is considered part of that city's Metro-East area...

 Station to the College MetroLink Station
College (St. Louis Metrolink)
College Station is a St. Louis MetroLink station that is located at Southwestern Illinois College in Saint Clair County, Illinois. The station is east of Belleville, Illinois on Illinois Route 161 1and west of Scott Air Force Base.- External links :*...

17 Carlyle Plaza 17th Street
21 Main & East Base Shuttles
501X Display Graphics Express
502X Waterloo Columbia This bus route runs from the 5th & Missouri MetroLink Station to Columbia and Waterloo in Monroe County
Monroe County, Illinois
Monroe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 32,957, which is an increase of 19.3% from 27,619 in 2000. Its county seat is Waterloo...

512X Metrolink Station Shuttle
517X Lebanon Mascoutah Express


The bus fleet consists of 433 Gillig Phantom
Gillig Phantom
The Gillig Phantom was a transit bus produced by the Gillig Corporation in Hayward, California. The Phantom was first introduced in late 1980 and, with the exception of a small number of buses built in a three-year-long joint venture with Neoplan from 1977 to 1979, was Gillig's first transit bus...

, and Gillig Low Floor
Gillig Low Floor
The Gillig Low Floor is a transit bus manufactured by the Gillig Corporation in Hayward, CA. The Low Floor was introduced in 1996. They are available in 29', 35' and 40' lengths. A diesel-electric hybrid version was introduced in 2004. Frameless side windows are an option. The Gillig Low Floor is...

 buses. The Gillig buses vary in sizes which seats 43, 37 and 29 passengers. The fleet also consist of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered Neoplan
Neoplan USA
Neoplan USA was a major transit bus manufacturing company based in Denver, Colorado, which was entirely separate from the German corporation, Neoplan, licensing its designs from the German company of the same name. The company was founded in 1981 and folded in 2006. It was originally a subsidiary...

 which seats 42 passengers. The average age of a MetroBus is seven years. Metro's MetroBus fleet is 100% Americans with Disabilities Act accessible.

Transit centers

MetroBus connects with 11 transit centers in Missouri and 3 transit centers in Illinois, with 6 of the 11 connecting with MetroLink.
  • Shaw Transit Center
  • Clayton Transit Center
  • Central West End Transit Center
  • North Broadway Transit Center
  • Gravois Hampton Transit Center
  • Civic Center Transit Center
  • Brentwood Transit Center
  • Ballas Transit Center
  • Riverview Hall Transit Center
  • North Hanley Transit Center
  • Shrewsbury Transit Center

Maintenance facilities

There are four maintenance facilities in the Greater St. Louis Area.
  • Metro Main Shop
  • Brentwood Garage
  • DeBaliviere Garage
  • Illinois Garage

External links

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