MCT improves ‘Logistics Valley’ services

PONTOON BEACH – A recent $4.2 million grant for Rebuild Illinois will allow Madison County Transit to acquire land and develop a new Logistics Valley transfer station.

“The new MCT Logistics Valley station will create a place where buses from across the region will arrive at a central location, like the spokes of a wheel, and make timed transfers to high-frequency shuttles inside the park,” said MCT chief executive SJ Morrison. . “This is not only an improvement for passengers and for MCT, but it represents another way to make Madison County employers more competitive in the region and truly in the Midwest.”

The facility will provide Logistics Valley workers with a secure, covered and air-conditioned waiting area, as well as public restrooms and vending machines. In addition to a 2,000 square foot building, multiple bus docks and a covered canopy, the facility will house a police station with an office for law enforcement or security.

For over 15 years, MCT has provided a full range of transportation services to over 10,000 employees in the county’s Logistics Valley Corridor. Located along Illinois 111 near Interstates 270 and 255, Logistics Valley is made up of three warehouse districts – Gateway Commerce Center, Gateway TradePort and Lakeview Commerce Center – and is home to dozens of employers, including Amazon, World Wide Technology, Geodis, Menasha, Dial and Surveillant et bet.

MCT currently operates six bus routes from various parts of Madison County as well as one line from the Emerson Park MetroLink station. Since many employers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, MCT has expanded the frequency, destinations and number of trips made throughout the week. Shift schedules also vary from employer to employer and change throughout the year. MCT therefore works closely with employers to provide service when demand is greatest.

Over the past year, MCT has welcomed more than 57,000 passengers to the Gateway Commerce Center alone. Recent employee surveys revealed that 47% of Logistics Valley’s workforce lives in Madison County, 24% in St. Clair County, 12.5% ​​in St. Louis County and 4% in the city of St. Louis. The rest comes from other parts of the region.

In addition to public bus service, MCT operates the regional commuter rideshare program known as RideFinders through which workers can find a carpool or carpool. The cost of carpooling is covered by employees with, in some cases, employer support.

Last month, MCT helped start its first vanpool in Logistics Valley – St. Louis at World Wide Technology. In partnership with the St. Patrick Center who helped find employees and World Wide Technology, vanpool employees have a direct ride that works at the start and end of their shifts.

“The RideFinders Vanpool program provides a low-cost solution for getting residents to work and allows us to target specific work schedules,” said Kym Brown, RideFinders Outreach Manager. “We are always willing to meet with employers to discuss our services and speak directly to their employees at on-site events. »

Registered RideFinders carpoolers and vanpoolers are also eligible for “Ride Home Guaranteed” – four free taxi, Uber or Lyft rides per year per employee, in case of emergency.

“Gateway Commerce Center’s most important asset is the availability of workers,” said Rod Thomas, founding partner of TriStar. “The fluidity of workers across the state line is increasingly important to maintaining the world-class development that Gateway Commerce Center has become. The rideshare program offered by RideFinders and the bus service provided by MCT make advance this area and allow employers to continue to add more workers.

Many transit commuters transfer between MCT and Metro to reach Logistics Valley. MCT serves the Emerson Park MetroLink station between 4 a.m. and 1 a.m. the following morning.

“There is a spirit of cooperation between transportation providers, municipalities and businesses in the region to maximize options that connect workers to jobs and employers to resources,” said Taulby Roach, President and CEO. of Bi-State Development. “Businesses along the I-270 corridor in Madison County represent some of the fastest growing industrial parks in the region, including Gateway Commerce Center, Lakeview and Gateway TradePort. Labor availability is critical to retaining and growing businesses, and Madison County Transit’s efforts support our region’s workforce and provide a competitive advantage for all industries in the region. bi-state area.

To learn more, visit www.mct.org, call 618-797-4636 or email [email protected]

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