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MCT board votes to serve Lakeview Commerce Center

 

GRANITE CITY — The Madison County Transit Board of Trustees has approved a new bus route to Lakeview Commerce Center, part of a continuing plan to serve the growing logistics facilities in Edwardsville and Pontoon Beach.

Located at the intersection of Illinois Route 111 and New Poag Road in Edwardsville, Lakeview Commerce Center is home to multiple large-scale distribution facilities, including one of two new Amazon fulfillment centers, as well as WorldWide Technologies and Spectrum Brands.

The new route, which takes effect Monday, Aug. 29, will provide direct service to these employment centers from a nearby transfer point at Liberty and Chain of Rocks Road. There, the shuttle connects to three other MCT routes, the No. 4, No. 6 and No. 20, offering timed transfers to the Tri-Cities, the Riverbend and the Edwardsville areas.

In addition to new bus service, MCT staff will work closely with employers to develop carpools and vanpools, through the RideFinders program. MCT has operated RideFinders, the St. Louis region’s free rideshare program, since 1994. With a variety of unique shift times extending into the early hours of the morning when transit is not available, carpooling and vanpooling are viable alternatives.

“Providing access to employment is one of MCT’s primary objectives,” said MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane. “I want to thank Chairman (Alan) Dunstan for helping to facilitate discussions between Amazon and MCT staff, and I applaud the quick action of the MCT Board in approving this new shuttle.”

MCT also provides service to nearby Gateway Commerce Center, home to approximately 5,000 full and part-time positions. MCT bus service was extended to the Amazon fulfillment center in Gateway, earlier this month.

Details about all MCT bus routes and services are available online at www.mct.org. Timetables are available at MCT Stations, on MCT buses and at locations throughout Madison County. For details about MCT services, call (618) 797-INFO (4636), visit www.mct.org, or e-mail info@mct.org.

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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