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April 22, 2016

Ride Metro and Celebrate Earth Day in Forest Park This Sunday

Ride Metro to Forest Park on Sunday, April 24, for the 27th annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival, and learn more about the environment and sustainable-living while enjoying food, entertainment and hands-on activities for all ages. The festival takes place this Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on The Muny Grounds at Forest Park, and there are several environmentally friendly options Metro passengers can use to take part in all of the fun.

Festival-goers can walk, bicycle or carpool to one of the 21 free Metro Park-Ride lots in Illinois and Missouri and catch a MetroLink train to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere Station to hop onboard the #3 Forest Park Trolley. The trolley operates between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, with service running every 15 minutes. Riders can exit the trolley at the Visitors Center stop, about a five minute walk to the festival, or at the Pagola Circle stop just outside of the festival grounds.

Forest Park Trolley tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 5-12, seniors and individuals with disabilities, and they provide unlimited rides on the trolley for the entire day. Children age 4 and under ride free. For more information about the #3 Forest Park Trolley, visit stladventurepass.com. A map of the Forest Park Trolley route is attached.

Earth Day participants can also walk or bicycle to Forest Park to the Earth Day Festival from the Forest Park-DeBaliviere, Skinker or Central West End MetroLink Stations, which are all a short distance from the festivities. Cyclists bringing their bikes on MetroLink should enter the train at the rear door of the first train car or enter the front or rear door of the second train car. Two bicycles are allowed in each area, and an additional bicycle belonging to a child with an adult is also permitted. Riders should stand with their bicycles and not leave them unattended during their trips.                                       

On an average weekday, the Metro transit system helps keep more than 45,000 vehicles off area roadways, which improves air quality, reduces carbon emissions and supports our region’s sustainability. To learn more about riding Metro and making your commute more environmentally friendly, visit the Metro information booth at Earth Day located on Sponsor Row immediately outside the entrance to The Muny on Theatre Drive. You can also learn how to plan your trips on Metro by visiting metrostlouis.org, downloading the Metro On The Go App to your mobile device or by calling Metro Transit Information at 314-231-2345 or 618-271-2345, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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; 399 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 78 MetroBus routes in Missouri and Illinois; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 122 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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