Ok, I know Metro Transit has bigger battles to fight right now regarding the Cross County line, but I just can't figure out why they have so many unannounced bus route detours.
If we're talking about a real emergency, it's understandable. But Olive Street near the 9th Street Garage construction site has been closed for at least a week. As a result, the Southside express bus inbound trips in the morning are detoured two blocks south, onto Chestnut.
A little notice about this would be helpful - especially since Metro does have a Rider Alerts page on their website which currently has only one, highly inaccurate posting about "#80 Shaw/Southampton - Elevator at East Riverfront Out of Order." Of course, the #80 Shaw/Southampton does not stop anywhere near the East Riverfront station; it serves downtown and a wide swath of the Southside.
Likewise, a few nights ago I was trying to catch the #30 Soulard near the Stadium MetroLink station. I missed it due to a variety of factors:
1) I got off the MetroLink only a few minutes before the scheduled bus arrival time. Normally, this I can handle;
2) The crushing crowd of people headed toward the stadium made it very difficult for me to navigate the sidewalks on 7th Street in the opposite direction;
3) For some crazy reason, on game nights the staircase leading from the eastbound MetroLink platform to Spruce St. is closed off with yellow tape by Metro security. This forced me to join the horde headed for the ballgame up that excruciatingly long ramp that points you toward Clark Ave.;
4) Finally, I headed south on 7th, but I stopped and waited at a rather creepy location, a bus stop on S. 7th near Gratiot, under a railroad bridge; and
5) And then I realized - hey, this bus hasn't come yet! So I walked a little further south, and just as I got to 7th and Chouteau, it came through turning left from westbound Chouteau onto southbound 7th! It swung right by, and I missed it. I guess they had decided to detour to Broadway because of traffic congestion around the ballpark; but how was I to know that?
Sometimes, a little advance notice can go a long way.