Trains Filled with Explosive Crude Oil Will Stop Traveling Through St. Louis

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A Union Pacific train rolls through St. Louis.
Trains filled with the same explosive oil that leveled a Canadian town will no longer run through the city of St. Louis, much to the relief of St. Louis' fire chief and a group of residents organizing against the tankers.

"We just won round one," says Timothy Christian, a member of the newly formed St. Louis for Safe Trains, a group composed of mostly Holly Hills residents who first fought back against the dangerous trains. "I brag about the south side all the time. This is what is right. This is what needed to be fixed."


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Bigger, Bendy Buses Roll Out on Grand Route Today to Ease Crowding

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Metro
Meet St. Louis' newest public transit vehicle, the articulated, 60-foot bus.
Whether you drive along Grand Boulevard or catch the No. 70 Grand Line bus, you'll notice something new on your commute this morning.

St. Louis Metro Transit debuts its new 60-foot articulated buses -- which look like two regular buses linked by a pivoting joint -- on Monday to ease overcrowding on the region's busiest bus line. The buses are twenty feet longer and accommodate 25 percent more passengers than the route's former buses. The buses also have 14 more seats and more standing room than Metro's (now) second-largest buses.


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Comedian Kurt Braunohler Is Jet-Skiing From Chicago to St. Louis, Because Goats

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Kurt Braunohler
Comedian Kurt Braunohler has made a career out of exposing audiences (and strangers) to the hilarity of the absurd. But with his upcoming webseries from Comedy Central, he's out to prove that absurdity can be a force for good.

His plan? Jet-ski from Chicago to New Orleans as a means of raising $50,000 to give 500 goats and 1,000 chickens to hungry families in Africa. Comedy Central will be filming his epic aquatic journey, and he's planning to stop by St. Louis on May 31.

"I've been obsessed with inserting stupid moments into strangers' lives to make the world a little bit better," says Braunohler, describing his oft-repeated philosophy on life. "But now we're racking it up a level."

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Lyft Never Told New Drivers It's Technically Illegal, Not Licensed in St. Louis

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Sorry, ma'am, you're technically breaking the law.
LJ Pryor doesn't want to work for Lyft anymore.

"I don't want to get in trouble, that's for sure," Pryor, 45, tells Daily RFT. "They'll have to get somebody else."

Lyft, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing app, launches here today, even though the company never got a license to operate in St. Louis City and County, something Pryor didn't know until he read a story in the Riverfront Times.


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Lyft Plans Weekend Launch in St. Louis, But Will the City Shut It Down?

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Lyft
An army of pink mustaches is on its way, St. Louis.
Lyft, the app-based, on-demand ride-sharing business based in San Francisco, plans to go live in St. Louis at 7 p.m. Friday.

The company has been building up for months to launch in the Lou, advertising jobs for drivers on Facebook and Craigslist, and interviewing hundreds of applicants at Nebula coworking space on Cherokee Street.


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Southwest Airlines Adds More Routes to D.C., California from St. Louis

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"D.C.? LAX? Where would you like me to take you?"
Missouri may be a no-coast state, but Southwest Airlines is expanding its service to add more direct flights to the East and West coasts.


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Wildwood Subdivision Threatens Teen with Fines, Police For Parking Truck in Driveway

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Matt Perry
Matt Perry, seventeen, with his "illegal" truck.
Matt Perry, a seventeen-year-old senior at Lafayette High School, worked two jobs to buy his dream car, a 1965 cream-and-green Ford F100.

There's just one problem: He doesn't have anywhere to park it.

Valley View subdivision in Wildwood, where Perry lives with his mother and father, prohibits pickup trucks parked overnight more than four times a year, and his neighbors are making it very clear they won't tolerate rule-breaking.

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Carmel Personal Driver App Goes Live, Brings St. Louis into 2012

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Carmel Car & Limo
Need a ride? Carmel now offers you one at the push of a button.
It's official. Carmel Car & Limo is live in St. Louis, offering a car and personal driver at any time of day to anyone with a smartphone.

App-based car services have spread rapidly since launching as startups in Silicon Valley, and they now serve more than 35 U.S. cities and dozens of countries. Other ride-sharing apps, including Uber and Lyft, have been peeking into the St. Louis market for months now, looking to repeat their business model: Move in, woo customers with pink mustaches and other quirks, then convince cities to let them stay by pointing to the enormous demand that springs up basically overnight.

But that didn't fly in St. Louis. And maybe it shouldn't.

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Rider's Residency: Amtrak Offers Free Long-Distance Train Rides to Writers

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All aboard, writers.
For writers, there are few spaces more motivating, focusing and inspirational than a window seat on a train.

Walt Disney came up with Mickey Mouse on a train. Same thing with J.K. Rowling, who says Harry Potter popped into her head fully formed on a crowded car.

And now 24 writers will get a special chance to find their own inspiration on the tracks.

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Portland Laments Losing "Hipster" Streetcars to St. Louis

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Portland's Vintage Trolley #512 is on its way to St. Louis.
St. Louis' gain is Portland's loss.

After twenty years running in the City of Roses, Portland's old-timey streetcars are moving to St. Louis as part of a ten-year lease deal, according to KGW News in Portland, Oregon..


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