Metro-East News

MCT plans park-and-ride lot in Troy

Madison County Transit has plans to build a park-and-ride lot for commuters who use the bus in Troy.

The station is slated to be located near the intersection of U.S. 40 and Main Street.

There currently is a long, narrow oil-and-chip lot with about 120 spaces, said MCT’s director of engineering, Mark Steyer.

MCT estimates it would cost about $3 million to build the park-and-ride station, but 80 percent would come from federal sources and only 20 percent would be local dollars.

District officials anticipate there will be 185 parking spots when the lot is complete and paved with concrete. The lot is planned to be bordered by U.S. 40, Sherbourne Avenue, Fitch Street and Main Street.

Steyer said there is a potential for the lot to connect to existing trails as well.

The district anticipates plans for the park-and-ride to be complete by the end of the year, with construction beginning in the spring of next year.

The project should take six to eight months to build, Steyer said.

Currently there is a small shelter. There will be a larger structure when the project is complete, Steyer said.

Steyer said the lot is probably the highest-used lot in the transit district’s express system.

“It’s going to be a great improvement when it’s complete,” Steyer said. “Right now, I don’t know how some of the vehicles get out of the stalls, it’s so tight in there.”

Contact reporter Joseph Bustos at or 618-239-2451. Follow him on Twitter: @JoeBReporter.