SCCTD Board approves contract for comprehensive system analysis

The St. Clair County Transit District (SCCTD) Board of Trustees continues to work to improve the rider experience in Southwestern Illinois. At the April 16 Board meeting, they approved a contract with TMD to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the 18 fixed bus routes in Southwestern Illinois. The study will look at changing service options with the goal of offering patrons faster, more frequent service. There will be an opportunity for public input throughout the process.

“We have been focusing on enhancing our rider experience, but this will be the first time we have conducted a comprehensive analysis in more than two decades,” said Chairman of St. Clair County Transit District Board Herb Simmons.  “This is an opportunity for SCCTD to better serve the community in a more timely and efficient manner than ever before.”

The study will kick off in early summer with opportunities for public comment.  In addition to the MetroBus study, the board approved two additional contracts to improve the rider experience.  The SCCTD Board awarded a contract to prepare an evaluation of all 14 MetroLink station in St. Clair County for enhanced LED lighting.  In addition, the Board awarded Hank’s Excavating and Landscaping, Inc. a $1,426,315.44 contract to construct the extension of the MetroBikeLink Trail from Memorial Station to Fairview Heights Station.

“We are excited about the future of transit in Southwestern Illinois, and we are focusing our efforts to ensure the system continues to serve our region efficiently, effectively and safely,” added Simmons.  The St. Clair County Transit District is also working to add several bus shelters along heavily utilized routes with community partners, has placed new trash receptacles at O’Fallon bus stops through a partnership with the City of O’Fallon, and recently underwrote three new transit patrol vehicles for the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.