Area residents heading to the St. Patrick’s Day Run and Parade in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, March 12, are encouraged to ride Metro to avoid the hassles of parking, closed streets and traffic jams.
Race participants and parade-goers can park for free at any Metro Park-Ride lot in Missouri or Illinois and ride MetroLink to one of five MetroLink Stations serving downtown St. Louis. The Union Station, Civic Center, Stadium and 8th & Pine MetroLink Stations are all within two to three blocks of the Market Street parade route. The Convention Center MetroLink Station is about six blocks north of Market Street. All are within a short walk to the parade.
MetroBus is also a great option for getting to the downtown festivities on Saturday. Parade-goers can ride on one of 13 MetroBus routes to the Civic Center Transit Center and walk a couple blocks north to the parade route on Market Street.
The St. Patrick’s Day Race begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Broadway and Walnut St,, and the parade kicks off at noon at Market and 18th St. Metro will monitor the MetroLink platforms on Saturday and will add service if needed.
To plan your trip to the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in downtown St. Louis, contact Metro Transit Information at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Passengers can also visit metrostlouis.org to plan their trip online or check for reroutes in downtown St. Louis on Saturday in the Rider Alerts section.
Metro is the operator of the St. Louis region’s public transportation system, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 391 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 76 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. Metro is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD), which also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park; the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center and Gateway Arch trams. BSD also operates the Bi-State Development Research Institute and the Regional Freight District.