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March 12, 2015

Go Green and Take Metro to St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

Area residents heading to the St. Patrick’s Day Run and Parade in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, March 14 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 take MetroLink to one of five MetroLink Stations in downtown St. Louis. The Union Station, Civic Center, Stadium, and 8th and 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. and the parade kicks off at noon. Metro will monitor the MetroLink platforms on Saturday and will add service, if needed.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Tuesday, March 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the Dogtown neighborhood of St. Louis. The parade will impact the #32 ML King-Chouteau, #59 Dogtown and #90 Hampton MetroBus routes, which will be rerouted due to street closures.

The #90 Hampton bus will not provide service into Forest Park between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station and Interstate 44 on Tuesday, March 17, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Metro customers needing service into Forest Park during these times can catch a shuttle at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station. Riders are required to pay regular Metro fares.

Customers can visit www.metrostlouis.org to plan their trips to these festivities using the online Trip Planner or get information on reroutes in downtown St. Louis on Saturday and in the Dogtown neighborhood on Tuesday by checking the Rider Alerts section of the website.

About Bi-State Development Agency

The Bi-State Development Agency (BSDA) 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; 379 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 120 vans. BSDA 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 and Arch Transportation System, and the Gateway Arch Parking Facility. The region’s new freight district authority also will be operated by BSDA.

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