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Wednesday, October 21, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:

SJ Morrison
Madison County Transit
(618) 874-7433

WOOD RIVER TRANSFER STATION NOW OPEN

Madison County Transit Celebrates its Newest Bus Transfer Station

GRANITE CITY, IL, OCTOBER 21, 2006, . . . The vision of Madison County Transit (MCT) to develop a hub and spoke transportation system for Madison County came one step closer to realization today with the opening of the new MCT Wood River Transfer Station. Located at 60 W. Ferguson, Wood River Station offers commuters a safe, climate-controlled, aesthetically pleasing waiting area in the heart of downtown Wood River. Buses will begin serving the station on Mon. October 23. Local elected officials, MCT staff, Madison County Board members and residents of Wood River were on hand to dedicate the new facility with remarks and a ribbon cutting. Members of the East Alton-Wood River High School band played patriotic selections and the East Alton American Legion, Post 794 conducted a ceremonial flag-raising.

The $3.7 million Wood River Station is a vital transfer point for the Riverbend area and beyond. The purpose of a transfer station is to provide a safe and comfortable waiting area for passengers, and to serve as a hub, where buses arrive at designated times throughout the day allowing riders to transfer from one to another. Wood River Station is the fourth of five proposed transfer stations or “hubs” for Madison County. MCT’s Granite City Station opened in 1993, Edwardsville Station in 2000 and Collinsville Station opened in August. A fifth bus transfer station in Alton is currently in development.

“MCT is committed to enhancing the quality of life in Madison County,” said Jerry Kane, Managing Director of MCT. “The new Wood River Station, which will improve the commute for thousands of Madison County residents, would not be possible without the efforts of our local elected officials here in Madison County, in Springfield and in Washington D.C.”

The new MCT Wood River Station will be served by the following bus routes:
#1 Riverbend which provides bus service from Alton, through Wood River to Granite City.
#6 EZ Ride, providing flexible curb-to-curb service for Roxana, South Roxana, Hartford and Wood River.
#7 Alton-Edwardsville, providing cross-county bus service to Alton to Edwardsville.
#12 Bethalto Shuttle, serving Bethalto Roxana and Wood River.
#12X Bethalto Express, providing express weekday commuter bus service from Bethalto, Wood River and Roxana to downtown St. Louis.
Rams Express, which provides express bus service to and from all Rams games at the Dome.
Muny Express, providing express bus service to and from all Friday evening performances at the Muny in Forest Park.
The facility will also serve as a transfer point for ACT Runabout Paratransit curb- to-curb service vehicles as needed.

Plocher Construction Co. of Highland served as the general contractors for the station, Korte Construction Co. of Highland provided design and construction management services, and civil engineering was handled by Juneau Associates of Granite City. The building features a combination brick and limestone façade, and an exposed timber-beamed ceiling. For passengers who wish to bike to the new Wood River Transfer Station, bike racks and bicycle lockers also are available on site.

Madison County Transit (MCT) enhances the mobility of the St. Louis region by providing multi-modal transportation services. MCT operates a fixed-route bus service, connecting to MetroLink; express weekday commuter service directly to and from downtown St. Louis; and seasonal express service to the Rams games and the Muny. For elderly and disabled residents who are unable to use the fixed-route bus service, MCT provides paratransit bus service. MCT is also responsible for the construction and maintenance of more than 75 miles of trails in Madison County that comprise the MCT trails bikeway system, as well as overseeing RideFinders, the St. Louis region’s FREE carpooling and vanpooling program. For more information on MCT services, routes and schedules, call (618) 931-7433, Option 3, or visit www.mct.org.