Metro transit is planning extra MetroLink service Friday evening (Sept. 19) to accommodate people who are going to the Balloon Glow at Central Field in Forest Park. The Balloon Glow is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
If you are taking MetroLink to the annual event, take the train to the Central West End Station, then make a right on Euclid, then a left on Children’s Place, crossing Kingshighway into Forest Park to Central Field. It’s approximately one mile from the Central West End Station to Central Field or about a 20-minute walk. Attendees can also take MetroLink to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station, then walk south on DeBaliviere toward the Missouri History Museum. From the History Museum, walk east past the Visitors Center toward the Muny to Central Field. It’s approximately one mile from the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station or about a 20-minute walk.
Metro will operate additional trains in anticipation of large crowds at the Balloon Glow. Metro will NOT be operating special bus shuttle service to or from the event. Due to street closures and traffic congestion because of the Balloon Glow, the #90 Hampton MetroBus route will not operate in Forest Park Friday night from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The #90 Hampton route will be detoured around Forest Park during that time. The #3 Forest Park Trolley will be operating in Forest Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday but will NOT serve the Upper Muny parking lot or Steinberg Rink stops during those times.
The Balloon Glow in Central Field is a walk through event only. Motorists are not allowed in that area, which is on the east side of Forest Park.
Visit www.metrostlouis.org for directional maps from the Central West End and Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Stations.
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The Bi-State Development Agency/Metro (BSDA/Metro) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 390 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSDA/Metro also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center, the Gateway Arch Transportation System, and the Gateway Arch Parking Facility.