Red Bird Express Ridership is on the Rise

Red Bird Express ridership is up 10 percent in 2018.

St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) is excited to announce Illinois residents are flocking to the Red Bird Express. For the first 55 home games of this year compared to the first 55 homes games of 2017, the Red Bird Express ridership is up 10 percent according to the Chairman of St. Clair County Transit District Board Richard Meile.

Red Bird Express has had record breaking ridership numbers over the summer including a May 6th game that broke records for most riders for a single game with 2,100 riders.  The Cardinals versus the Cubs game ridership was 12 percent higher than the previous record at 1,900 riders for a single game.

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. Cost, comfort and convenience have been driving ridership numbers to new heights throughout the 2018 baseball season.

The St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) announced the return of the popular Redbird Express bus service from St. Clair Square in early April for the 2018 St. Louis Cardinals season.  Bus service will be available for all St. Louis Cardinals home games. Buses will depart from St. Clair Square, near the water tower, 2.5 hours before game time as buses fill, with the last bus leaving 40 minutes before the game begins.  Fares are currently $5.00 per adult, and $2.00 for children ages 2 thru 12.  Early departure from Busch Stadium is available once the bus fills up. Details on the 2018 Red Bird Express are available at

“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. Getting people to the places they want and need to go is always the goal, and SCCTD can take them there,” said Chairman of St. Clair County Transit District Board Richard Meile.

Founded in 1981, St. Clair County Transit District oversees 11 MetroLink stations and 18 bus routes in St. Clair County, IL.  If commuters have any questions about service, they can contact (618) 628-8090 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.  For more information visit