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.
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.
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.
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.
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.