The ST. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) Flyer, a flexible on-demand service, took off today in East St. Louis. Passengers can request a ride through TransLoc’s app or ATS Reservations at 618.800.6884. This six-month pilot program is made possible through a partnership with TransLoc and Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) which operates Alternative Transportation Services (ATS).
“I rode the SCCTD Flyer on the first hour of service. I booked my ride at 7:01am at the eastern boundary line of the City of East St. Louis. I selected my destination to be the Emerson Park MetroLink Station. The TransLoc App informed me my bus would arrive at 7:15am. The SCCTD Flyer arrived at 7:16am. The TransLoc App said my arrival at Emerson Park Station would be 7:28am. I arrived at Emerson at 7:29am,” a SCCTD Flyer rider reported.
SCCTD Flyer will provide door to transit service or vice-versa with access to four MetroLink stations (5th and Missouri, Emerson Park, Washington Park, and JJK) and 11 connecting MetroBus routes serving those stations (1, 2, 2X, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 22) and to home, employer or school in East St. Louis from these four stations. Similar to ride-hailing services, riders are able to request a ride anywhere within East St. Louis city limits to one of four MetroLink stations to connect with rail or bus services. This pilot program could be expanded in the future to other markets depending on rider response.
The app will provide passengers with an estimated pick-up time, track their ride in real-time and alert them when their ride is about to arrive. With accessibility being a critical component to the program, customers without smartphones will be able to request same-day rides by contacting ATS by phone and making a reservation. If making a reservation by phone, passengers will need to purchase their SCCTD Flyer fare in advance.
Requesting your Ride through the App is Simple – it means the SCCTD Flyer is chasing you and you aren’t chasing the bus: