MCT to start serving new Alton high speed rail station

GRANITE CITY — Effective Aug. 6, Madison County Transit will make route and schedule adjustments that will include serving the new multi-modal Alton high speed rail station.

mctseptartThe new station will also serve as an upper Alton transfer point for the routes listed below. To provide service to the new facility and to facilitate faster, more efficient transfers from Wood River and Edwardsville to Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, the following adjustments will take place at the service change:

#7 Alton-Edwardsville
• Provide 30-minute service to the High Speed Rail Station from Wood River and Edwardsville, removing all service on the #7 from Alton Square Mall.
• Provide timed transfers at Wood River Station to High Speed Rail from Granite City, Hartford, Roxana and South Roxana.

#8 Central Shuttle
• Provide 30 minute service to the High Speed Rail Station from downtown Alton, removing all service on the #8 from Alton Square Mall.
• Provide an in-direction connection to LCCC from Central Ave via transfer to the #10 at the High Speed Rail Station.
• Eliminate service on a segment of Elm from Alby to State.

#10 State & Elm Shuttle
• Provide 30 minute service to the High Speed Rail Station, to LCCC, and to the Godfrey area.
• Provide service on a segment of Elm from Alby to State, previously operated by the #8.
• Introduce 60 minute service to Alton Square, with connection opportunities to the #9 Washington Shuttle.
• Reduce frequency at Alton Station from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
• Create a timed transfer at the High Speed Rail Station between the #7, #8, & #10 to facilitate a faster trip to and from Alton, Wood River and Edwardsville to LCCC.

In addition, MCT will make changes to the #13 Highland-Glen Carbon and the #14 Highland Shuttle. MCT will eliminate a portion of service on the #13 and re-route service in Highland as follows:

#13 Troy-Glen Carbon
• Discontinue service between Troy and Highland.
• Trips will continue to serve Troy Park & Ride lot.
• Reduce the number of trips into Cambridge House.

#14 Highland Shuttle
• Begin serving Suppiger Apartments and Northtown Shopping Center, previously operated on the #13.
• Eliminate unproductive bus stops at Hwy 40 & Apex Drive.

 

Also effective August 6, minor schedule changes will be made to the #1 Riverbend on trips serving Marquette High School and the #11 Brown Shuttle as it will no longer serve the old Amtrak Station.

“These route and schedule changes will improve access and transfer options to Lewis & Clark Community College, employment opportunities and other services for Madison County residents,” said MCT Managing Director Jerry Kane. “Most significantly we will be serving the new Alton High Speed Rail Station, and MCT is proud to have been a partner in this project since the beginning.”

For specific schedule details, new timetables are posted online at www.mct.org and will be 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 [email protected]

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