Soaring gas prices spark renewed interest in public transport
Rising fuel prices are prompting thousands of area residents to seek alternatives to driving alone. With express service to downtown St. Louis, high-frequency bus service throughout Madison County, and ridesharing and ridesharing options through RideFinders, Madison County Transit (MCT) offers commuters a number affordable and efficient transportation options that will save residents hundreds of dollars each month.
A recent AAA survey found that 59% of US commuters “said they would change their driving habits or lifestyle if the cost of gas rose to $4 a gallon. If gas were to hit $5, which it has in the West, three-quarters said they would have to adjust their lifestyle to offset the spike at the pump.
With the state average at $4.57 a gallon earlier this month, more commuters are looking for relief and finding that public transit and ride-sharing offer an ideal solution.
Every weekday, MCT Express buses carry hundreds of Madison County residents to and from St. Louis. MCT offers a series of convenient Park & Ride lots throughout Madison County, including a new location in Eastgate Plaza, with an expanded passenger waiting facility.
Currently, MCT operates the following express routes from 10 Madison County communities:
• #1X Riverbend Express: service from Godfrey, Alton, East Alton Wood River and Hartford
• #14X Highland Express: service from Highland, St. Jacob and Troy
• #16X Edwardsville Express: service from Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Collinsville
“I always try to take the bus when I can,” said passenger Julie Dant. “But with rising gas prices, I’m looking to drive even more.”
“Gasoline prices are crazy right now,” said passenger Liam Burke. “MCT fares are predictable and the express route takes close to my house and goes down [me] right next to my work.
For RideFinders, the St. Louis-area ridesharing and ridesharing program run by MCT, rising fuel prices have also sparked renewed interest in ridesharing.