St. Clair County Transit District is excited to announce Illinois residents are flocking to the Red Bird Express. Ridership on the 2019 Red Bird Express topped 28 percent for the first homestand including record ridership on Sunday, April 7.
The Red Bird Express had record-breaking ridership numbers in 2018, and the 2019 ridership is soaring. On Saturday, April 7, the Red Bird service set a new passenger record with 2,195 riders. In addition, the Red Bird Express reach is expanding well beyond the St. Clair County boundaries to Mt. Vernon, Carbondale and as far away as Kentucky.
“This program has always been popular with our Cardinals fans. It is so easy to get to Ball Park Village early enough to enjoy a meal before the game, and the bus will be there, right where you left it, after the game. This year we are ecstatic to see such growth in our numbers especially in light of our new ticketing options. Getting people to the places they want and need to go is always the goal, and SCCTD can take them there. Not to mention the economic impact we are having on St. Clair County, IL including at St. Clair Square and the City of St. Louis,” said Chairman of St. Clair County Transit District Board Herb Simmons.
Parking in Downtown St. Louis for games can range from $15-40 or more. In addition, St. Clair County Transit takes the stress out of game day traffic, bridge construction, parking, gas expenses and more, by allowing game-goers to sit back and enjoy the ride to and from the game. New ticketing options in 2019 include new mobile ticket options through Token Transit, an onsite Metro ticket vendor at St. Clair Square (cash only), and more options to weigh in on the Red Bird service.