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June 18, 2018

MetroLink Riders Should Allow Extra Time for Evening and Weekend Commutes June 18-24 for Cortex Station Construction

Construction work on the new Cortex MetroLink Station is ramping up for the summer opening and that means Red Line and Blue Line MetroLink riders should allow extra time for their evening and weekend commutes June 18-24. Riders will be impacted by single track operations June 18-21 and MetroLink Station Shuttles will transport MetroLink riders on buses instead of trains June 23 and June 24 between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere, Central West End and Grand MetroLink Stations.

On Monday, June 18 through Thursday, June 21, from 8 p.m. to end of service, MetroLink will operate on a single track at the Grand MetroLink Station and Blue Line trains will only operate between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere and Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 MetroLink Stations.

  • Westbound Blue Line passengers will need to board a Red Line train between the Fairview Heights and Central West End MetroLink Stations, and travel to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station to transfer to a Blue Line train and continue their westbound trips.
  • Eastbound Blue Line passengers will need to board a Red Line train at the Forest
    Park-DeBaliviere Station to continue their eastbound trips.
  • Red Line MetroLink passengers may experience delays of 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Passengers should allow 10 minutes when transferring between Red Line and Blue Line

On Friday, June 22 from 11:30 p.m. until the end of service, MetroLink will operate on a single track at the Grand MetroLink Station to accommodate construction work for the new Cortex MetroLink Station. Red Line and Blue Line MetroLink passengers may experience delays of 5 to 10 minutes during the single-track operation.

From the beginning of service on Saturday, June 23 to the end of service on Sunday, June 24, MetroLink Station Shuttles will transport passengers by bus between the Forest Park-DeBaliviere, Central West End and Grand MetroLink Stations. Riders traveling through this section should expect delays of 20 minutes or more.

  • Blue Line trains will only operate between the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 and Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Stations.
  • Passengers will need to board a Red Line MetroLink train at the Grand MetroLink Station to continue their eastbound trips. MetroLink service outside of the affected area will operate on the regular weekend schedule.

MetroLink will resume normal operations by the beginning of service on Monday, June 25. Updates on MetroLink operations can be found at metrostlouis.org in the Rider Alert section.

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Metro Transit operates the St. Louis region’s public transportation system which includes 400 clean-burning diesel buses that serve 83 MetroBus routes in eastern Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Metro also operates MetroLink light rail vehicles on 46 miles of track serving 37 stations in the two-state area, and operates Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 vans. Metro Transit is one of five enterprises operated by Bi-State Development.

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