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Metro pushing public transit ahead of highway shutdown

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis – With slightly more than two weeks to go before the shutdown of five miles of Interstate-64, the transit agency Metro will try to help motorists cope with the expected traffic problems.

Starting Monday, Metro representatives will hand out mass transit guides at Metrolink and bus stops, malls and universities in the area.

"[We are] letting people know how, first, their commute might change if they're regular Metro riders or giving people information about how they might become a regular Metro rider during the I-64 shutdown," said Diane Williams, a spokeswoman for Metro.

Metro had previously announced it will expand bus service farther west and southwest, and augment the routes that use I-64 between Ballas Road and I-170.