Want to get an edge on the travel information you need? MoDOT’s Driving Edge program gives you the tools you need to plan your trip. MoDOT promoted these tools during the closure of I-64, but they can still be very useful to area commuters.
Gateway Guide – St. Louis Real Time Traffic
MoDOT’s Gateway Guide Transportation Management Center in Chesterfield is staffed 24/7. The center’s staff monitors the roadways, responds to congestion and incidents and delivers real-time information to travelers through the media, websites, and highway message boards. You can get current information on congestion and incidents and view real-time photo images of regional roads on the Gateway Guide website at www.GatewayGuide.com or call 1.888.ASK.MODOT (1.888.275.6636) or 314.340.4100.
St. Louis travelers can dodge congestion by dialing 511 (or 1.877.4STL.511) to get around-the-clock, real-time traffic information. The free service provides information on incidents, work zones, congestion and average traffic speeds. The real-time traffic information is sourced from Gateway Guide and provides the same traffic information you can find on the web.
||Map My Trip
This web-based travel information tool helped motorists traveling through St. Louis find alternate routes around highway and ramp closures, especially during the I-64 reconstruction project. While it was active, the Map My Trip function provided simple, street-by-street alternate routes when provided with a starting point and destination. Many major attractions and hospitals were preprogrammed into the system
Highway Message Boards
MoDOT has installed message boards along all the interstates in St. Louis to provide information to help you avoid delays and arrive safely. The changeable message boards give information on scheduled road closings, road construction, accidents and hazardous or uncommon road conditions. The message boards provide travel times so you can make decisions as you travel along the interstates.
MoDOT's 24/7 Customer Service
You can call MoDOT toll-free anytime day or night to reach a customer service representative who can respond to your issue, question or concern. The number is 1.888.ASK.MODOT (1.888.275.6636) or 314.340.4100. To receive free email updates on all MoDOT projects and activities, visit www.modot.org/eupdate.
The closure of I-64 created some challenges for motorists getting to their destinations. MoDOT offered many suggestions and alternatives to think about as St. Louisans planned their trips – there was no need to change destinations, just how to get there. Here are a few of the tips MoDOT promoted during the closure; most still apply for those wanting to make a change in their commuting habits:
- Use alternate routes such as I-70, I-44, I-55, Manchester, Olive and Page
- Use MoDOT’s Map My Trip tool to plan your alternate route around I-64 construction
- Take MetroLink and MetroBus
- Join or start a carpool or vanpool
- Flex your work hours to avoid morning and evening rush hours
- Work a compressed work week such as four ten hour days
- Schedule meetings at off peak times
- Telecommute by working from home or a satellite office
- Use phone or video conferencing for meetings
- Ride your bike or walk
Here are just a few of the services that were available to assist motorists in using these alternatives:
314.231.2345 in Missouri or 618.271.2345 in Illinois
- 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system
- 333 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 66 MetroBus routes
- Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans
- More than 58 million passengers boarded the Metro system in fiscal year 2008
- 35 park and ride lots offering more than 12,000 parking spaces
- Use the TripFinder tool on the Metro homepage to plan your next trip
- Take advantage of the Destination Deal$ to receive discounts at certain area retailers and attractions by showing your Metro ticket
- Take advantage of the PERC program designed to save you money by taking transit to and from work. Employers and employees can save with PERC
- RideFinders provides a free ride matching service that currently helps over 9,000 commuters carpool or vanpool to work
- More than 20,000 commuters registered
- Partnered with nearly 1,500 employers
Citizens for Modern Transit
- Guaranteed Ride Home Program
- Pre-Payroll Tax Deductions
- Transit Subsidy Programs
St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation
- Provides a comprehensive list of information regarding roads and trails
- Bike to work tips
- Actively promoting bicycling and walking for transportation and health
St. Louis Regional Clean Air Partnership
- Learn how you can do your share for cleaner air
- Take the I-64 Clean Air Challenge
Madison County Transit
www.mct.org for details on express bus service to downtown St. Louis and MetroLink stations from Madison County, Illinois. For more information, call (618) 931-7433, Option #3.