St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) announced the completion of more than $640,000 in renovations and upgrades for Alternative Transportation Services (ATS), which is operated by Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC). This project included $400,000 to transform the former Motor Coach Employee Credit Union and Metro Transit meeting room, located at the Illinois MetroBus Garage at 801 North 47 Street in East St. Louis, into 3,500 square-feet of office space that enables ATS to consolidate all of its services under one roof. SCCTD also invested $246,000 for a new scheduling software system for ATS.
Renovations helped to create a spacious, effective working environment that houses the entire ATS team. The replacement of an antiquated scheduling system through the implementation of updated software is now also allowing for more efficient scheduling of both passengers and buses assigned for scheduled trips.
“ATS and SWIC are key partners for SCCTD as they assist us with delivering safe, effective transportation options throughout St. Clair County for residents and tourists alike,” said Herb Simmons, Chair of the SCCTD Board of Trustees. “As our partnership continues to grow and expand, these investments are imperative to ensuring the quality of these services continues.”
The space at the Belleville Transit Center previously occupied by ATS will be utilized by SCCTD for training transit staff other transit-related purposes.
Historically, SCCTD offered call-a-ride services through a partnership with ATS to provide curb-to-curb community service for individuals certified as American Disabilities Act (ADA) eligible and service for those age 60 and older in some areas. In recent months, this partnership has expanded to include ATS replacing Metro Transit service on Scott Air Force Base as a fixed route and operating the St. Clair County Flyer service in East St. Louis and Fairmont City.