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April 6, 2013

Metro Transit Ready for the Cardinals Home Opener Monday

Patti Beck
Interim Director of Communications
314-982-1440

The St. Louis Cardinals are ready to kick off their first home game of the season at Busch Stadium on Monday afternoon, April 8. The home opener is on a work day so downtown parking will be at a premium and the best bet for Redbird fans is to take MetroLink to the rallies and the game.

Cardinals fans can use one of the 19 free Park-Ride lots along the MetroLink system and take the train to the Stadium MetroLink Station or one of the other nearby MetroLink stations in downtown St. Louis to join in on the rallies or to dine before the game. Some of the lots are expected to reach capacity early, particularly at the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 and North Hanley MetroLink Stations, so customers are encouraged to utilize other less crowded Park-Ride lots and garages.

MetroLink will have additional staff members on the MetroLink system Monday to assist baseball fans headed downtown. Extra trains will be added, as needed.

There are also plenty of MetroBus routes to get fans to downtown St. Louis in addition to the Redbird Express, which departs from the Water Tower at St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights, Illinois. The first Redbird Express leaves 2 ½ hours before the game with service every 3 to 5 minutes. On Monday, the Redbird Express buses will begin running at noon. More information about the Redbird Express service can be found on the St. Clair County Transit District website, www.scctd.org, under the Special Services tab.

For information on MetroLink and MetroBus service, and the location of Metro Park-Ride lots, visit www.metrostlouis.org . You can also call Transit Information at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to plan your trip on Metro Transit.

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; 374 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 121 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.

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