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March 14, 2016

MetroLink Work Scheduled March 14-19

MetroLink passengers are encouraged to allow extra time for their commutes this week as work on the MetroLink system in Illinois and in downtown St. Louis may result in delays for some Red Line and Blue Line passengers. To accommodate crews performing track maintenance, Red Line MetroLink service will end at the College MetroLink Station and a Shuttle Train will transport passengers to and from the Shiloh-Scott MetroLink Station during the evenings of March 14-17. MetroLink will also operate on a single track between the Stadium, 8th & Pine, Convention Center and Laclede’s Landing MetroLink Stations for portions of Friday and Saturday to accommodate crews upgrading the MetroLink power system by installing Overhead Conductor Rail.

On Monday through Thursday (March 14-17) from 8 p.m. until end of service, regular Red Line MetroLink service will end at the College Station. Passengers who normally park at the Shiloh-Scott Station are encouraged to park at College Station on the affected dates to avoid delays after 8 p.m.

  • Eastbound passengers traveling to the Shiloh-Scott Station will need to get off the Red Line MetroLink train at College Station and board a Shuttle Train to continue their trip to the Shiloh-Scott Station. Eastbound passengers traveling from College Station to the Shiloh-Scott Station may encounter delays of 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Westbound passengers at the Shiloh-Scott Station will need to board a Shuttle Train and ride to College Station where they can board a westbound Red Line train. Westbound passengers traveling from the Shiloh-Scott Station to College Station may encounter delays of 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Blue Line MetroLink service will not be impacted.

On Friday (March 18) from 11:30 p.m. until end of service, MetroLink will operate on a single track between the Stadium, 8th & Pine, Convention Center and Laclede’s Landing MetroLink Stations.

  • Passengers traveling in BOTH directions will need to board trains from the WESTBOUND platform of the Stadium, 8th & Pine, Convention Center and Laclede’s Landing Stations.
  • Red Line and Blue Line passengers may experience delays of up to 10 minutes.

On Saturday (March 19) from the beginning of service until 6 p.m., Red Line MetroLink trains will operate on a single track between the Stadium, 8th & Pine, Convention Center and Laclede’s Landing MetroLink Stations, and Blue Line trains will only operate between the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne I-44 and Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Stations.

  • Passengers traveling in BOTH directions will need to board trains from the WESTBOUND platform of the Stadium, 8th & Pine, Convention Center and Laclede’s Landing 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 MetroLink Station to connect with a westbound Blue Line train.
  • Eastbound Blue Line passengers will need to board a Red Line train at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station to continue their eastbound trips.
  • Passengers should allow 10 minutes when transferring between Red Line and Blue Line trains.
  • Red Line passengers may experience delays of 10 to 15 minutes.

Overhead Conductor Rail (OCR) was developed for use in tunnels and bridges where there is limited space. It uses less components than overhead catenary systems (which currently make up the majority of power infrastructure for MetroLink) making it easier and less costly to maintain and repair. Metro has already installed OCR on the Eads Bridge and inside segments of the MetroLink tunnels in downtown St. Louis. Metro is believed to be only the second transit system in the nation to use this leading-edge technology.

Updates on MetroLink operations can be found at www.metrostlouis.org in the Rider Alert section.

About Metro

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.

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