Metro announced it is changing the way MetroLink riders access the platform at the Civic Center MetroLink Station due to ongoing construction. The north pathway between the station and Clark Avenue will reopen on Saturday, March 4, and the station’s current entrance at the corner of 14th and Spruce Streets will be closed for the next several months. The north entrance to the Civic Center Station was shut down last spring to accommodate the first phase of construction on the Civic Center Transit Center Expansion project.
Passengers who currently use the 14th & Spruce Street entrance to arrive or depart from the Civic Center MetroLink Station, or use that entrance to access the Gateway Transportation Center from the east, will need to use the north entrance at Clark Avenue. Work on the expansion project is shifting to the east side of the transit center site, which requires the closure of the 14th & Spruce Street entrance to the Civic Center Station.
Metro ticket vending machines will be relocated to the newly reopened Clark Avenue access. Another ticket vending machine can be found on the west side of the MetroLink tracks on the walkway leading to the Gateway Transportation Center. Tickets must be validated prior to boarding the train, and validating machines can be found by the ticket vending machines at both locations.
The Civic Center Transit Center Expansion project will enhance Metro’s busiest transit hub in downtown St. Louis to better accommodate buses serving the transit center and to provide Metro riders with new customer amenities. When completed, the expanded transit center will accommodate 40-foot buses and 60-foot articulated buses. It is designed to accommodate electric buses in the future and to serve as a terminal for bus-rapid transit service. A new building will feature an indoor waiting area, public restrooms, and a Metro Public Safety substation. Construction began in April 2016, and is expected to be completed this fall.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; approximately 400 vehicle MetroBus fleet that operates on 79 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport, the Bi-State Development Research Institute, the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and operates the Gateway Arch Trams and Revenue Collections Center. BSD also operates the St. Louis Regional Freightway.